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So they said

“How can we impose the absolute certainty of death when we don’t require the absolute certainty of guilt?” – Rep. Steven Becker, R-Buhler, a former judge among the 17 House members sponsoring a bill to bar death sentences for those who commit crimes on or after July 1, 2016

“If we are looking for ways to save money in this state, we really do need to get serious.” – Rep. John Bradford, R-Lansing, on his bill to “realign” any county with 10,000 or fewer K-12 students into a single countywide school district

“You say your reason for doing this is the two advantages: It makes the ballot shorter and creates more white space. Well, if that’s a good thing, maybe we should also remove party affiliation.” – Rep. Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, to a proponent of removing a candidate’s city of residence from ballots

“That money can always be swept. We’re all biting on the same piece of pie.” – Rep. Adam Lusker, D-Frontenac, on whether revenue from increasing vehicle title fees to fund more troopers instead would end up plugging state budget holes