Though accounts vary, it appears that state Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, wasn’t as forthright as he should have been about his amendment to provide $90 million in property-tax relief, which the House approved. That wasn’t wise, as he may have lost the trust of some of his colleagues. And for no real purpose, as GOP lawmakers killed the bill once they realized what had happened. But censuring Ward, as some lawmakers want to do, is an overreaction. Pursuing censure also reminds the public that lawmakers aren’t reading the bills they are passing.
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