Advice to new lawmakers: When in doubt, vote ‘no’

Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, cautioned new state lawmakers that they won’t know the answers. “There is no way you can know all you need to know about every issue,” Donovan told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “When you look at 1,000 bills before you in a year – you can’t. They come at you fast, and you have to vote on it.” If lawmakers can’t decide how to handle an issue, they should make a “no” vote the default position, he said. “Pay attention to someone that you can trust,” Donovan said. “Otherwise, you’ll walk off into the swamp with the alligator.” Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said it was important for lawmakers to keep their word. “Your word is your bond,” he said. “You lose a lot of credibility by telling somebody one thing and then do something altogether different.”