Dems Kill Plan for Lessening Kansas Gov.'s Power

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Democrats killed a proposal in the Kansas House to strip away the governor's power to fill vacancies in four statewide offices.

The proposal would have amended the Kansas Constitution. The vote Friday was 65-54, but constitutional changes require a two-thirds majority, or 84 of 125 votes.

Forty-seven ``no'' votes _ enough to kill the measure _ came from Democrats.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has said she sees no need for a change, and fellow Democrats have followed her lead.

Republicans who support the measure argue Kansans ought to be able to weigh in on the process of filling vacancies for attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer and insurance commissioner. If legislators had adopted the proposed amendment, it would have gone to a statewide vote.

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