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Monday, July 14, 2014

Senate resolution asserts state's sovereignty

BY JEANNINE KORANDA
Eagle Topeka bureau

TOPEKA — A resolution reminding the federal government that Kansas is a sovereign state will be sent to the full Senate for consideration.

Sen. Julia Lynn, R-Olathe, called Senate Concurrent Resolution 1615 "the voice of concerned people that feel left out of the process." It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 10-1 vote Wednesday with Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, voting no.

The nonbinding resolution, which would be sent to Washington, D.C., seeks to remind federal lawmakers that states have rights under the 10th Amendment. It asks the federal government to stop efforts that it says go beyond the scope of the U.S. Constitution.

Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, said she supported the resolution and believed public education should be left to local control.

Crowded into the committee room were several people wearing large yellow paper badges from the Kansas Sovereignty Coalition showing support for the nonbinding resolution.

Chairman Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, who voted for the resolution, warned the group that it might have little effect. He noted that several other largely Republican states had passed similar resolutions.

With regard to the federal government, "don't expect they will drop everything and say look at what Kansas said," Owens said.

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