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Kansas Lawmakers Plan to Extend 2017 Legislative Session

The Kansas House chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Legislators in Kansas have some big issues on their plate next year. As Stephen Koranda reports, they’re already planning on a long session.

Kansas lawmakers already know they’ll have to balance the state budget. Add into that the huge issue of writing a new school funding formula. But that’s not all. The Kansas Supreme Court could issue a ruling that says the state has to increase funding for schools by hundreds of millions of dollars, which would further complicate everything.

A legislative committee yesterday planned to extend the 2017 legislative session from 90 to 100 days. They did that by cutting the 2018 schedule down to 80 days.

The longest session ever was last year’s, at 114 days.

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