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​Kansas Lawmakers Settle Dispute over Rules, Bill Bundling

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have approved rules limiting a common practice used to rush legislation to passage. The House voted 83-38 on Tuesday to approve rules governing interactions between the two chambers. The Senate approved the rules on a 27-7 vote Monday. The Senate was not scheduling debates on bills until the joint rules were settled. The two chambers disagreed over limiting the bundling of separate bills into the final version of a single measure on a broad topic such as insurance or agriculture. Critics say the practice leads to sloppy lawmaking. The joint rules will allow up to five bills to be bundled, with an exception for tax measures. The House had wanted to allow only two bills to be bundled, while the Senate initially sought no limit.

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