Daily Archives: Feb. 6, 2014

Medical marijuana bills are gathering dust

marijuanaState House and Senate committee chairmen are showing no interest in holding hearings on legislation to establish rules and regulations for medical marijuana in Kansas. The bills are gathering dust in committees chaired by Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, and Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, the website Kansas Watchdog reported. “This is a discussion of national prominence now, and to put your head in the sand or put your hands over your ears and say ‘I just don’t want to hear it’ really smacks of a certain level of inability to learn that’s troubling,” complained Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City. “It troubles me to think that there are people in elected office like that.”

Open thread (Feb. 6)


This is how legislative process was designed?

capitalnewState Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, wisely pulled the plug this week on a bill that would prohibit cities and counties from supplying broadband Internet service. Many saw the measure as an attack on the economic-development and quality-of-life efforts of communities, particularly in rural areas. Commerce Committee Chairwoman Julia Lynn, R-Olathe, blamed the backlash on the public’s misunderstanding of the legislative process. “This is how our process was designed to work,” she said. So that process is for industry lobbyists to write bills and then for lawmakers to wait to see if the public complains? If so, that’s pretty much how the public thinks things work in Topeka.