TOPEKA – After a deadlock that lasted several hours the House and Senate agreed on a series of bills they would pass to finish the session early Saturday:
The bills would:
–Allow local school districts to keep local funding levels regardless of changes in state funding.
–Protect state employee pay by prohibiting state agencies from moving money intended for salaries into accounts used for programs.
–Bar future “snake annexations,” such as one Mulvane used to annex property for a casino site along the Kansas Turnpike. Unlike previous efforts, Senate Bill 51, is not retroactive. It goes into effect July 1. The bill passed 23 to 11 in the Senate.