May 22, 2020 12:34 PM

Legislators work all night in Topeka

Posted May 22, 2020 12:34 PM

The Kansas Legislature through the night at the Statehouse on measures. Republicans were advancing a package that would shield businesses and health care providers from coronavirus related lawsuits. On Friday they were also trying to take control of the state's pandemic response from Democratic Governor Laura Kelly.

Lonnie Clark, State Representative from Junction City, said another measure approved would repeal the state's property tax lid, effective in 2022. "It basically gives the county and city more latitude. It actually takes the tax lid away so that the city and county can assess their own taxes." But Clark also noted that the Governor would have to look at the tax bill, and it might have to return to the Senate and House.

Clark said he expects more review will be necessary by the Legislature. "I would be surprised if we didn't have to. There's going to be a lot of discussion about it anyway."

On working through the night at the Statehouse the State Representative said early Friday morning that he is doing fine, noting that his previous time in the military and on employment for other jobs gave him the knowledge to go a couple of days without sleep. Chuckling, he said,  "I'm not as young as I used to be. It's a little harder but I can still do it."