TOPEKA – You know an amendment is unpopular when everyone votes against it – including the sponsor. Or maybe it’s just opposite day under the dome.
After 5 p.m. Wednesday, on the last bill of the evening, Rep. Anthony Brown tried to insert into Senate Bill 255 the governor’s proposed three-year, 1 cent sales tax increase. In its original form, SB 255 would authorize sales tax increases in Pottawatomie and Kingman counties for various projects.
Brown is a conservative Republican from Eudora and the proposal most likely was an attempt to get House Democrats on record voting against the increase.
And vote against it they did. The amendment failed 0-115. Republicans asked that the vote be a roll call vote, meaning it was recorded.
Watching the board where House members’ votes show up either red for no or green for yes, one Republican lawmaker joked: “That is the reddest board I’ve ever seen.”