House Panel Debates Bill To Sell Office Buildings

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A House budget panel is expected to vote Friday on a bill authorizing the sale of four state government office buildings in Topeka in a deal that could result in the demolition of the Docking high-rise across the street from the Kansas Statehouse.

State Department of Administration secretary Jim Clark says selling the buildings occupied by hundreds of state employees is one of his priorities during the 2014 legislative session. Most employees would be moved to buildings leased by the state, which Clark says is cheaper than owning a building.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the House Appropriations Committee discussed the Senate-passed bill on Wednesday. Committee chairman Rep. Gene Suellentrop, a Wichita Republican, postponed a vote on the measure until Friday because of opposition raised by Democrats on the committee.

Posted by Greg Palmer

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