TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House stalled progress of a compromise version of illegal immigration legislation that lacks some of the original get-tough policies toward employers.
The chamber voted Friday 59-57 against a procedural vote that kept legislators from acting on the bill.
The lead House negotiator, Republican Arlen Siegfreid, said the vote was "bad timing" and said there may be a move to reconsider that vote. If the vote then prevails, it would put the chamber in position to vote on the bill.
Dealing with illegal immigration has been high on the agenda this year of many legislators, who say they are responding to constituents' concerns about the increased number of illegal immigrants in Kansas.
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