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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