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House rules will still allow unrecorded, rushed votes

The Wichita Eagle

Should the Kansas House keep a record of how representatives vote in full sessions? Give members 48 hours to read appropriations bills and 24 hours to read other bills before voting? Yes and yes – of course. Yet in the first substantive votes of the 2015 session, the House rejected these commonsense proposals Tuesday. At least there were enough votes to change the House rules to curb lawmaking after midnight, which is when the Legislature tends to pass its most egregious bills, and to avoid “mega-bundling” of three or more bills. – Rhonda Holman