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Legislature hits turnaround

from Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant

The Legislature has hit the midpoint of the session, called "turnaround," when most bills must have passed their chamber of origin to move forward in 2015. Certain committees, such as Appropriations, Ways and Means, Federal and State Affairs and Taxation, are exempted. Any bills introduced or referred there are not subject to turnaround and other calendar deadlines.

House to hold Medicaid expansion hearing

It started with a motion by Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita) to amend a donor breast milk bill in House floor debate. Because the bill had to do with Medicaid, the motion was determined to be germane. House leadership was on a schedule to wrap up for turnaround and quickly realized Medicaid expansion would significantly lengthen their debate schedule. more

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