BREAKING: Just before the close of business yesterday, Governor Brownback signed the school finance plan into law. It now goes to the Kansas Supreme Court for consideration.
The legislature is officially adjourned until June 26 when we return for “sine die.” It’s nice to have my first legislative session behind me; I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment and relief. Now that I’m back home, I’m busy meeting with constituents and community leaders to debrief them on the major pieces of legislation that passed this session.
After five months of deliberation and debate we have made a historic turn toward correcting the structural imbalance in our state finances. Moderate and Conservative Republicans, and Democrats (88 votes in the house and 27 votes in the Senate) came together on Tuesday this week, finally deciding it had to be done. Speaker Ron Ryckman stated quite succinctly after the vote that it was simply “time to provide certainty for Kansas.”
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities in the legislature and beyond.