Senate budget jostle

Many lawmakers thought today’s budget clash was going to get contentious as Senators jousted over filling a $300 million budget hole.

It’s been a more of a jostle with the chamber working in fits and starts. Many proposed changes, including the Democrats’ alternative budget amendment, aren’t ready.

That means there haven’t been major changes to the budget so far.

After lunch, Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, said the Revisor of Statutes Office had said it would take about four hours until the Democrats’ alternative plan was ready. That was at about 2 p.m.

While they wait, Senators have been listening to a handful of amendments – restoring money to the Kansas Water Authority and the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation – and then breaking until more topics are ready for discussion.

At this rate it will be several hours before any substantive changes are made.