It was good that Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed a charity raffle bill last week that he determined would violate the Kansas Constitution. The governor has a responsibility to carefully review all bills that come before him, and he shouldn’t approve legislation that is clearly unconstitutional. But the veto was also a bit of a surprise, as Brownback hasn’t seemed particularly concerned about whether other bills are constitutional. He signed a gun bill this session that the Kansas Attorney General’s Office said was obviously unconstitutional (then basically shrugged when the U.S. Justice Department objected). In this and past sessions, Brownback also has signed legally and constitutionally questionable anti-abortion bills, including one to defund Planned Parenthood that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warned would violate federal law (a position upheld this week when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to allow Indiana to defund Planned Parenthood).
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