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Supporters of state's rights rally in Topeka

Kris Kobach, a candidate for secretary of state, speaks at the rallyTOPEKA — Supporters of state’s rights are rallying in and around the Capitol today in support of a Senate measure to assert Kansas sovereignty.

The measure, Senate Concurrent Resolution 1615, claims the federal government has overstepped its authority and demands repeal of laws that supporters say infringe on states’ rights granted by the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.

The resolution has broad support among Senate Republicans.

Friday’s rallies are largely an extension of the “tea party” movement that mobilized last year to fight taxes and national health care, said Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane. He was part of an overflow crowd of about 70 gathered outside a packed Statehouse meeting room where a hearing was being held on the measure.

Supporters are now attending additional rallies in the former Supreme Court chamber and at the Dillon House across the street from the Capitol.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, is scheduled to speak later today at the Dillon House rally.