Law­mak­ers in Kansas leave big ques­tions open

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LOCAL | - By DAVID KLEP­PER

Leg­is­la­tors push to end ses­sion with bud­get is­sues still un­set­tled.

| Kansas law­mak­ers worked late into the night Tues­day to end the reg­u­lar part of their 2010 ses­sion, but put off the year’s most chal­leng­ing de­ci­sions.

Law­mak­ers hoped to leave the state­house af­ter tak­ing fi­nal votes on dozens of bills. The big is­sues — so­lu­tions to the state’s bud­get cri­sis — will lan­guish un­til a brief wrap-up ses­sion that be­gins April 28. Among ac­tions Tues­day:

The Se­nate passed leg­is­la­tion re­quir­ing physi­cians to pro­vide the spe­cific di­ag­noses used to jus­tify late-term abor­tions. The House was set to vote about 11 p.m. to send the mea­sure to Demo­cratic Gov. Mark Parkin­son.

Abor­tions af­ter the 22nd week of preg­nancy are il­le­gal in Kansas un­less two physi­cians say con­tin­u­ing the preg- nancy would cause se­ri­ous harm to the mother. Law­mak­ers op­posed to abor­tion rights have long al­leged that abor­tion providers use vague or bo­gus di­ag­noses to jus­tify late-term abor­tions.

It’s sim­i­lar to a bill ve­toed last year by then-Gov. Kath­leen Se­be­lius.

A Se­nate com­mit­tee en­dorsed a plan to raise the state sales tax from 5.3 to 5.6 per­cent to fund a new trans­porta­tion plan. The bill’s fate is un­cer­tain so late in the ses­sion since it has yet to pass ei­ther cham­ber.

Both cham­bers signed off on leg­is­la­tion giv­ing jour­nal­ists lim­ited pro­tec­tion from sub­poe­nas seek­ing the iden­tity of con­fi­den­tial sources. The so­called re­porter’s shield law now heads to Parkin­son’s desk.

The bill would al­low jour­nal­ists to ig­nore sub­poe­nas un­less a judge ruled that it was nec­es­sary for them to dis­close their source. To reach David Klep­per, call 785-354-1388 or send e-mail to dklep­[email protected]­

Of­fer in­cludes: 14 vents one re­turn and one main. Ad­di­tional vents, re­turns and mains priced sep­a­rately. Com­plete sys­tem in­spec­tion


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