Legislators back in Topeka today to OK Greensburg aid

Kansas lawmakers will return to the statehouse today to approve legislation to help Greensburg, Kan., recover from the tornado that devastated the community two weeks ago.

The Legislature officially adjourned May 3, with the ceremonial end, known as Sine Die, scheduled for today. Normally, only a few lawmakers attend this ceremony. The Greensburg tornado changed that.

Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, said it appears that almost all 125 House members will be there.

“Kansans are known for helping their neighbors when they see they need a hand,” she said. “It’s one way Kansas lawmakers can help Greensburg.”

She said the legislation would allow the State Finance Council to provide more relief money to Greensburg than the $10 million limit currently imposed. Another measure would extend the disaster declaration until Oct. 31.

Lawmakers were discussing reconstruction grants and a sales tax exemption for material used in rebuilding efforts.Legislators back in Topeka today to OK Greensburg aidIt was not clear Monday whether lawmakers would try to overturn two vetoes by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. One veto struck a provision requiring more reporting on late-term abortions. The other provision she vetoed would have placed restrictions on hospital affiliation talks involving the University of Kansas Medical Center.