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New Chairmen Named for Most KS Senate Committees

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Most committees of the Kansas Senate will have new leaders when conservative Republicans take control of the chamber in January. A GOP leadership committee on Tuesday appointed chairmen for the Senate's 13 standing committees. Eleven will be new after conservatives ousted moderate Republican leaders in this year's GOP primaries. All committees are chaired by Republicans, who outnumber Democrats in the chamber 32-8. The chairmen will assume their jobs when the 2013 session convenes in January. The newcomers include Ty Masterson, of Andover, who will lead the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, and Steve Abrams, of Arkansas City, who will chair the Senate Education Committee. The holdovers are Les Donovan, who chairs the Assessment and Taxation Committee, and Pat Apple, of Louisburg, who heads the Utilities Committee.

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