Kan. Lawmakers Mulling Ballot Measure on Schools

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Those who control the Kansas Legislature want to revise the state constitution to rein in the courts following a ruling that the state must boost its spending on public schools, several GOP leaders confirmed Monday.

The leaders told The Associated Press that interest among Republican legislators in a constitutional amendment has been high since the ruling Friday by a three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court. The leaders aren't sure yet what form the proposal will take but said it would clarify that only the Legislature and not the courts can determine school funding levels.

"There's been a whole lot of discussion about what the response should be," said new Senate Vice President Jeff King, a conservative Independence Republican who is also Judiciary Committee chairman. "Submitting that question to the people of Kansas to decide seems like a pretty good idea to me."

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