Kansas Senate rejects proposed budget for state court system

House Minority Leader Rep. Tom Burroughs, D-Kansas City, speaks after the House loudly rejected a plan Friday May, 15, 2015, in Topeka, Kan., to fill the state’s budget hole by raising hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue – leaving the Legislature no closer to passing a balanced budget. The House refused on a voice vote to give first-round approval to a bill to increase the sales tax to 6.85 percent from 6.15 percent. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has rejected a proposed $97 million budget for the judicial branch for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The chamber voted 21-18 Saturday to send the bill back to negotiations between members of the House and Senate.

Democratic Sen. Laura Kelly from Topeka said she was concerned because the budget contained a clause that says if a court strikes down any part of it, the whole thing is void.

Parts of last year’s budget are being challenged in a state district court lawsuit.

Kelly said that she believed the clause could be the Legislature’s way of eliminating funding for the courts.

Republican Sen. Jeff King from Independence said that the clause was important for keeping policy changes in the budget consistent year to year.

 

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