Senate committee approves resolution blocking elimination of Kansas Arts Commission

TOPEKA — A resolution to block Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to abolish the state Arts Commission will go to the full Senate, a committee decided today.

Before a hearing room packed with artists, art lovers and high school students, Sen. Roger Reitz, R-Manhattan, proposed a resolution of disapproval against the governor's executive reorganization order — or ERO — that would abolish the commission and replace it with a private-sector not-for-profit group to be called the Kansas Arts Foundation.

The committee approved Reitz's resolution, putting in jeopardy the governor's plan to transfer the duties of the Arts Commission to the foundation and the Kansas State Historical Society.

"It's critical that the Kansas Arts Commission remain a state agency and be funded at its current level," Reitz told the committee.

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