It can be difficult to override a veto on the ceremonial last day of the legislative session, as many lawmakers don’t attend. But it might happen on June 1, as lawmakers and other groups are frustrated by Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill enabling Kansans to present new evidence before a district court when challenging tax rulings (that was unanimously approved by the Legislature). Though the bill would have provided this right to all Kansans, Brownback focused on the state’s tax dispute with retired pizza magnate Gene Bicknell. Kansas Chamber of Commerce CEO Mike O’Neal was among those objecting to Brownback’s veto: “Comprehensive bipartisan legislation does not deserve veto treatment over an isolated battle between the state and a single taxpayer.” – Phillip Brownlee
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