Archive for Thursday, March 30, 2006

Capitol Report

March 30, 2006

The Kansas Senate and House last week voted to override a veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of a law that would allow Kansas residents 21 or older who are U.S. citizens to carry a concealed weapon.

"While every law-abiding Kansan has a right to keep and bear arms, hidden weapons make it harder for law enforcement to do its job, and they make Kansas' workplaces less safe," Sebelius said in her veto message.

With the successful veto override, the bill becomes law in July.

The Senate voted 30-10 to override the veto; the House voted 91-33 to override.

Here's how area Senators voted (a yes vote favored overriding the veto):

Yes: Mark Gilstrap, D-Kansas City, and Roger Pine, R-Lawrence

Here's how area representatives voted (a yes vote favored overriding the veto):

Yes: Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing; Candy Ruff, D-Leaven-worth

No: Marti Crow, D-Leavenworth

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