Lawmaker suggests fewer counties in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A state lawmaker is calling for a
feasibility study of drastically reducing the number of counties in
Kansas for greater efficiency.
Democratic Sen. Chris Steineger of Kansas City has introduced a
bill that would create a 12-member county consolidation commission
made up of people from all over the state. His plan would reduce
the number of Kansas counties from 105 to 13.
Steineger says having fewer counties would save money and
generate competition.
His bill does not address the thorny topic of where to locate
new county seats. Historians said county-seat disputes led to some
of the most intense feuds in the state's history.
He also believes the 40-member state Senate and 125-member state
House should be downsized, too. Steineger has filed a separate bill
that would set up a Senate of 30 members and a 90-member House.


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