State 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.
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