Bill honoring Kansas county 1st to pass in 2016

Kansas Statehouse (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The first bill to clear the Kansas Legislature this year and go to Gov. Sam Brownback designates Cowley County as the state’s stone bridge capital.

The House approved it on a 118-1 vote Thursday. The Senate unanimously approved the measure last year.

Brownback told The Associated Press that he hasn’t reviewed the bill but believes he’d able to sign it.

The measure says Cowley County in south-central Kansas is home to 18 stone arch bridges built before 1910, and all but one still carry traffic daily.

The only vote against the measure came from Republican Rep. Craig McPherson of Overland Park. He said he prefers not to clutter up the state statutes with items that can be handled in legislative resolutions.

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