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Kansas Lawmakers Work with Reduced Staff for Rest of Session

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators will be working with a reduced staff of secretaries and assistants now that their annual session is in overtime.  Lawmakers were returning Monday to the Statehouse for the 92nd day of their session. Legislative leaders traditionally schedule sessions for 90 days, but that day came Saturday.  The Legislature's administrative services staff says a typical day in session costs the state about $60,000. But starting today (MON), the cost is expected to drop to about $43,000 a day.  The Legislature ended seasonal jobs Friday for about 150 workers, leaving about 60 employees, including the full-time staffs in each chamber.  At least 11 of 125 House members and three of 40 senators have given up their $89-a-day salaries going forward. Lawmakers also receive $129 a day for expenses.


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