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The lawmakers are back in town

Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard chats with a page visiting the Senate for the day.TOPEKA – The Legislature has returned to Topeka for the veto session.

Usually, the mini-session lasts a handful of days and is used to make minor budget changes and attempt to override vetoes the governor has issued during the break.

This year, lawmakers have a much fuller plate. Still up for discussion are the main budget proposals from both the House and Senate, a highway plan and possible tax increases.

Lawmakers are also planning to take up a veto override vote for a late-term abortion bill that Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, vetoed earlier this month.

Many lawmakers and lobbyists are bracing for a longer-than- average veto session.

For more, check back with the Wichita Eagle.