Kansas senators seek chairwoman’s reinstatement

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More 40 Republican legislators are asking Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle to reinstate the former chairwoman of her chamber’s health committee.

Seventeen of the Senate’s 32 Republicans signed a letter Tuesday. The list included Majority Leader Terry Bruce of Nickerson.

Twenty-six GOP House members signed a similar letter.

The Associated Press obtained copies of each.

The lawmakers want Wagle to reinstate Republican Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook of Shawnee as chairwoman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee.

Wagle declined to comment.

The Wichita Republican removed Pilcher-Cook on Friday over an attempt by Pilcher-Cook last week to force a Senate debate on a proposal to expand the state’s Medicaid program in line with the federal health overhaul.

Pilcher-Cook wanted the proposal to fail. Wagle said the move showed disrespect to the chamber.

 

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