Senate Leaders Spar Over Education Bill Process

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Senate Minority leader has raised questions about the chairman of the state Senate Education Committee's decision to send education bills to other committees for consideration.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, says Education Committee Chairman Sen. Steve Abrams has bypassed his own panel with some education bills, including a charter school bill and a measure overhauling teacher licensure.

The Topeka-Capital Journal reports Hensley emailed his concerns to the Senate committee and included a list of school finance bills that went to the Education Committee last year.

Abrams, an Arkansas City Republican, says Senate Leadership placed many of the bills in the Ways and Means Committee and the teacher licensure bill's in the Ways and Means Committee because it'll end up in an omnibus bill.

Posted by: Nick Viviani