Kansas House adjourns amid vote against bill to raise taxes

TOPEKA (AP/KSNT)  – The Kansas House has adjourned in the midst of a vote on a bill raising taxes to close a budget shortfall with the measure failing.

The House ended its session at midnight Wednesday, after waiting more than an hour for missing members to return and cast their votes.

GOP leaders relied on a rule that cuts off business at midnight unless members vote to extend it.

Top Republicans said the House would reconvene Thursday morning at the same point, some lawmakers say House leaders are still hoping to gain the 63 votes necessary to pass the bill.

The roll will be held open Thursday morning so that 10 absent members can vote.

The last unrecorded tally was 86-29 against the bill. It raises sales, cigarette and business taxes to help raise more than $400 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The tax increases are necessary to balance the $15.4 billion budget already approved by lawmakers for the next fiscal year.

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