They say in the legislature there are only three important numbers: 63, 21, and 1. That is unless you are working to override the Governor’s veto. Then, it’s 84 and 27. On Monday, the House failed to find the three votes necessary to override the Governor’s veto on the expansion of Medicaid. The measure failed, 81 to 44. I voted YES to override the Governor’s veto, as did forty (40) other Republican members of the House. I voted to override the Governor’s veto not only because most people in my district support the expansion of Medicaid, but also because over 160 organizations in Kansas, all my local Chambers of Commerce and my local hospitals supported the expansion of Medicaid. It was a sad day for Kansans.
Guns on Campus
By the time you read this newsletter, we will have killed a motion on the House floor that would have brought HB 2042 above the line for floor debate and a vote. Among other things, HB 2042 would require the State of Kansas recognize all valid concealed carry licenses and permits issued by other states to non-Kansas residents (basically a reciprocity bill). So, it was a prime vehicle for all kinds of amendments that were perceived to be germane to the issue of guns on campuses.