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So they said


▪  “Overall, I do know what this bill is doing.” – Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, struggling to answer questions during Senate debate about licensing shared-living facilities for disabled Kansans

▪  “If you look at almost everything we’ve done this week, there is a common theme. That’s taking away local control.” – Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, during a House debate about barring cities and counties from raising minimum wages without legislative approval

▪  “Write a check to the Department of Revenue. I’ll give you the address.” – Kansas Chamber lobbyist Eric Stafford, to business owners who favor closing the loophole exempting them from paying state income tax

▪  “Apparently, the current leadership is used to an environment where pushing people around – ​including their fellow Republicans – ​is seen as an acceptable way to do the people’s business.” – former Democratic Gov. John Carlin, blogging about Tuesday’s Statehouse chaos