Thursday, May 29, 2008

Republican legislators vote against 900 new jobs in Topeka

The Kansas Legislature formally closed its 2008 session this morning, but not before Republicans got the chance to block legislation that would help bring 900 manufacturing jobs to the Topeka area.

According to Hawver, Rep. Annie Kuether, D-Topeka, proposed the adoption of a conference committee report that would have sent the issue to the Governor to be signed into law. However, Republican leadership voted against the procedural maneuver.

According to the Capital-Journal, Speaker Melvin Neufeld voted against the bill because he felt it was inappropriate to bring up new business during the ceremonial Sine Die session.

Uh, Mel, it's not as if Rep. Kuether proposed a brand new bill. All you were doing is approving a conference committee report. By it's very nature, if something is in a conference committee. both the House and the Senate passed variations of it.

We'll leave it up to you to decide if Speaker Neufeld is deliberately misleading us or is just completely oblivious to the process of lawmaking.

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