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Will session meet Wagle’s 75-day target?

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Back in December, Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, predicted the 2016 Legislature could complete its work in 75 days, compared with last year’s record 114 and the traditionally scheduled 90. Last week’s adjournment for spring break came on the 67th day. And once lawmakers return for the wrap-up session April 27? “Just a few days is what I’m looking at,” Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, told the Topeka Capital-Journal. That puts Wagle’s goal within reach. But the remaining to-do list will depend on the March tax collections, to be announced Friday; new longer-term revenue estimates due later this month; and what the Kansas Supreme Court makes of the bill meant to correct school funding inequities. – Rhonda Holman