Legislature to Affirm its Right to Define “Suitable?”

Will the Legislature affirm its prerogative to establish the school budget? Unlikely, but one representative is putting in an effort.

Sen. Phil Journey, R-Haysville, asked the Judiciary Committee to support his proposal to change Article 6 so it reads that legislators shall provide funding for schools at a level they deem appropriate.

Currently, the article states legislators shall make suitable provision for funding of schools.

And that, of course, lead to the lawsuit, and the Kansas Supreme Court ruling that “suitable” means “whatever a consulting firm says it is.”

Legislative Notebook, Lawrence Journal-World, February 7.

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