Panel to review bill on Kansas primary as deadlines loom

Kansas Capitol

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee is considering a bill to cancel the state’s 2016 presidential primary as lawmakers face key deadlines.

The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee was holding a hearing Wednesday on the primary bill. It was the last day the panel could meet before the Legislature’s annual “turnaround” deadline. The panel could vote immediately.

Most bills must clear their house of origin by Friday to be considered further this year.

The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee also had a Wednesday meeting, as did the House Pensions and Benefits Committee.

As for the presidential primary, lawmakers have canceled every one since 1992 because of the cost and because state law sets the election relatively late, on the first Tuesday in April. Republicans and Democrats have held caucuses instead.


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