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Less of a legislative session might mean more

Noting a recent SurveyUSA poll indicating that 65 percent of Kansans disapprove of the Legislature's performance, Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Ric Anderson had three suggestions to rehabilitate legislators' image: Start the session in March or April, shorten the session, and drop the pay for days off. He wrote: "Legislators had one mandate from the public this year when they went into session — fix the budget. Three months later they're nowhere close, yet somehow managed to find time for a slew of silly proposals like banning lap dancing and naming an official state grass. A shorter session that started later in the year would leave lawmakers with less playtime and get them into the meat of the budget sooner after the session's start."