Feb042013
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Stephen Koranda

Dems Question Constitutional Amendment Costs

KS constitutionThe Lecompton Constitution, one of several constitutions proposed for the state of Kansas. (Photo by the Kansas Historical Society)Some lawmakers are questioning the number of constitutional amendments proposed this year. At least a half dozen amendments have been filed. They range from proposals to change the way judges are selected to putting term limits on lawmakers. The costs for publishing and public votes on the amendments could run into millions of dollars. The top Democrat in the Kansas House, Paul Davis from Lawrence, says lawmaker should only consider amending the Constitution in rare circumstances when there’s a great public need.

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But House Speaker Ray Merrick, from Stilwell, say he doubts all the proposed amendments will pass the Legislature, meaning they wouldn't all need public votes.

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To change the state Constitution, both chambers must pass the amendment with a two-thirds majority and it must be approved by voters.

 

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