Kansas lawmakers ready to tackle high-profile issues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka on Monday for a wrap-up session that has plenty to “wrap-up.”

The House and Senate adjourned after approving a budget, but that budget doesn’t include funding for public education.

In this week’s 4Star Politics, FOX4’s John Holt and The Kansas City Star’s Dave Helling are joined by Republican House Speaker Ron Ryckman of Olathe and Democratic State Senator Cindy Holscher of Overland Park.

The two Kansas lawmakers addressed some of the issues facing lawmakers as they return for what used to be known as the “veto session.”

Indeed, the governor’s veto of a “Parents’ Education Bill of Rights” and ban on transgender athletes competing in women’s sports will be on the agenda. Holscher said both votes to override “will be very close.”

Also left incomplete: a decision on a grocery sales tax cut, and a new call from Gov. Laura Kelly for lawmakers to approve rebates to taxpayers in light of the state’s $3.1 billion surplus.

Ryckman said that issue is “dead on arrival,” as the GOP wants to be more prudent with spending, by paying down pension debt that he said could save taxpayers up to $40 million a year.

Lawmakers may also try to deal with medicinal marijuana and sports betting, as well as congressional redistricting, which is likely headed to the Kansas Supreme Court.

If you missed this episode of 4Star Politics on TV Sunday morning, watch it in the video player at the top of the page.

FOX4 and The Kansas City Star are partnering to bring you 4Star Politics, a special venture with new episodes airing on FOX4 every Sunday at 10 a.m. and posted online at FOX4KC.com.

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