“Kansas Sen. Greg Smith, R-Overland Park, has introduced one of the most absurd pieces of legislation to ever see the light of day,” a Hutchinson News editorial complained. Senate Bill 119 would guarantee that state lawmakers who give notice to their employers before taking office can return to their former jobs – with the same pay, seniority and responsibility levels – if voters don’t re-elect them. “To think that they should enjoy a protection that’s not afforded to Kansans at large borders on the narcissistic, and is an insult to working families across the state,” the editorial said. A Kansas City Star editorial said that Smith “appears to have caught a touch of ‘capitolitis’” – an ailment “that causes loss of perspective and may make lawmakers think they are more important than others regard them.”
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