Tensions High In Kansas Senate Before Remap Debate

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Tim Owens angrily walked out of a meeting of fellow GOP senators late Tuesday afternoon.

Debate was set to start just after 2 pm Tuesday. The time was pushed back to 5 pm, only to have Senate President Steve Morris announce around 5:30 pm that the debate would be pushed back to 2 pm Wednesday.

Owens, an Overland Park Republican, was to present a plan favored by fellow GOP moderates. Conservative Republicans repeatedly attacked the plan.

The measure would remove three conservative Republicans from the districts of the incumbent senators they planned to challenge in GOP primaries.

It also puts conservative Republican Sens. Steve Abrams, of Arkansas City, and Ty Masterson, of Andover, in the same district.

The ongoing impasse over redistricting threatens to delay the state's Aug. 7 primary election.

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