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House rejects compromise on school finance bill

  • Eagle Topeka bureau
  • Published Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 9 a.m.

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How they voted

Here’s how south-central Kansas lawmakers voted on SB 218, a compromise school finance bill. The bill was killed 67-55.

Democrats voting no: All area Democrats voted no.

Republicans voting yes: Steve Brunk, Mario Goico, Daniel Hawkins, Dennis Hedke, Mark Hutton, Mark Kahrs, Les Osterman, Gene Suellentrop, Wichita; Will Carpenter, El Dorado; David Crum, Augusta; Pete DeGraaf, Mulvane; George “Joe” Edwards, Haysville; Kyle Hoffman, Coldwater; Jim Howell, Derby; Steve Huebert, Valley Center; Kasha Kelley, Arkansas City; Les Mason, McPherson; Virgil Peck, Tyro; Marc Rhoades, Newton; Joe Seiwert, Pretty Prairie; Jack Thimesch, Cunningham.

Republicans voting no: Steve Anthimides, Wichita; Steven Becker, Buhler; Don Schroeder, Hesston

Absent or not voting: Jack Thimesch, R-Cunningham

How they voted

Here’s how south-central Kansas lawmakers voted on SB 216, the House’s bill to address school funding inequities identified by the Supreme Court. It passed 91-31.

Democrats voting yes: All area Democrats voted yes

Republicans voting yes: Steve Anthimides, Steve Brunk, Mario Goico, Mark Hutton, Gene Suellentrop, Wichita; Steven Becker, Buhler; Will Carpenter, El Dorado; David Crum, Augusta; Kyle Hoffman, Coldwater; Steve Huebert, Valley Center; Les Mason, McPherson; Don Schroeder, Hesston; Joe Seiwert, Pretty Prairie

Republicans voting no: Daniel Hawkins, Dennis Hedke, Mark Kahrs, Les Osterman, Wichita; Pete DeGraaf, Mulvane; George “Joe” Edwards, Haysville; Jim Howell, Derby; Kasha Kelley, Arkansas City; Virgil Peck, Tyro; Marc Rhoades, Newton

Absent or not voting: Jack Thimesch, R-Cunningham

How they voted

Here’s how area senators voted on HB 2506, the school finance bill. The bill passed 23-17.

Republicans voting yes: Les Donovan, Michael O'Donnell, Mike Petersen and Susan Wagle, Wichita; Steve Abrams, Arkansas City; Terry Bruce, Hutchinson; Forrest Knox, Altoona; Ty Masterson, Andover; Clark Shultz, McPherson

Republicans voting no: Dan Kerschen, Garden Plain; Carolyn McGinn, Sedgwick

Democrats voting no: Oletha Faust-Goudeau

— The House sent a strong message to the Senate early Sunday by voting down a school finance bill that was packed with conservative policy changes.

The House had passed a bill with overwhelming bipartisan support on Friday, but a conference committee with Senate leaders Saturday yielded a bill that Democrats and moderate Republicans refused to support.

And enough conservatives also decided that the bill, which would have stripped teachers of due process rights and granted property tax breaks for parents with children in home or private school, went too far.

The bill died 67-55 after hours of debate that didn’t start until 10 p.m. The chamber was packed with teachers from around the state who wore bright red shirts and shouted impassioned pleas to vote “no” on the bill.

The Legislature faces a July 1 deadline from the Supreme Court to fix inequities in school funding, and leaders have promised to find a solution before they adjourn for three weeks.

After the compromise bill failed to pass in the House, conferees from the House and Senate got set to work all night before the House returns early Sunday morning for another try.

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