Daily Archives: Jan. 15, 2009

Budget debate possible Wednesday in Senate

The Kansas Senate could start debating cuts to the current budget as early as Wednesday.

“That’s the target we’re shooting for,” Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, told the chamber Thursday afternoon shortly before they adjourned.

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Senators: credit scores shouldn’t determine insurance rates.

A person’s financial history should not determine how much they pay for auto insurance, say three south central Senators.

“If you have a low credit score you pay a higher amount,” said Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita. “We want to deal with a person’s driving record.”

The proposal, Senate Bill 24, would make it so insurance companies could not set premiums based on credit scores.

She is co-sponsoring the measure with Republican Senators Ty Masterson, of Andover, and Dick Kelsey, of Goddard.

The bill has been sent to the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, but a hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Senate prayer and poetry for Thursday

Both the House and the Senate start their daily sessions with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. Senate Chaplain Fred S. Hollomon turns his daily prayers in to little poems.

On Thursday, he focused on the chamber’s 10 new members. Four are from south central Kansas. They are Republicans Ty Masterson, of Andover, Steve Abrams, of Arkansas City and Dick Kelsey, of Goddard and Democrat Oletha Faust-Goudeau, of Wichita.

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Gov. Sebelius names her new press secretary

Kansas Deputy Secretary of Labor, Beth Martino, will assume spokeswoman duties for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius at the end of the month.

“I’m pleased Beth is joining our office in a role that is key to communicating our message and goals with people across the state,” said Sebelius, a Democrat. “Beth’s experience and knowledge will complement the team we have in place, and I’m confident she’ll be a great addition.”

Prior to her current position, Martino was the Labor Department’s director of marketing and communications for three and a half years.

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