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Six ways to make Legislature more efficient

The Wichita Eagle

After GOP legislative leaders sent a letter to school districts asking how they had become more efficient, Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, wrote his own letter asking the GOP leaders to provide five ways to make the Legislature more efficient. The office of House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, responded that it didn’t have time to deal with Hensley’s jokes. But Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, took the challenge seriously, offering six suggestions: Reduce the number of legislators; ban frivolous resolutions; go paperless to the greatest extent possible; reduce the number of committees; eliminate dues to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments; and only provide Kansas Public Employees Retirement System credit to legislators based on actual pay received and time worked. – Phillip Brownlee