Clipped From Iola Daily Register And Evening News
amendment to the federal constitution, asEed by Governor Huxman, gained a douhtful victory, when Its adoption 'was challenged in the state supreme court by Senator R. W. Coleman (R -Overland Park) and 20 other legislators. They petitioned the coinrt for a writ of mandamus ordermg the resolution recorded as killed in the senate on the ground tliat Lieutenant-Governor W. M. Lindsay had no constitutional right to cast the deciding vote there when the legislators were tied at 20 on the vote. Coleman contended that the lieutenant-governor Is a member of the executive branch bf government and as such has no voice in the legislative, branch. The state school book commission was abolished and its powers vested in the state board of' education. The drivers' license law was revised to requhre payment of an annual fee of 50 cents, and a rigid uniform highway safety regulation law was .enacted, iWith authority vested in the vehicle commissioner to revoke the driver's license for violation. Kidnapings in which the victhn is harmed was made a capital offense punlsliable by death., The:bin to reconstitute the istate highway patrol, giving it only limited police powers except upon order of its director, a sheriff or chief of police was among the last measures to comie out of conference. It was approved by both the housie and the senate and sent to Governor Huxman for signature. Another measure gahiing last minute approval of the law-makers was the bill to increase salaries of state employees a total of $54,000 a year. Persons receiving less than $200 monthly would be restored to the 1931 level, and those receiving more than $200 a month would receive a ten per cent Increase. The land and water conservancy bill which would have divided the state into three districts under as many boards for water and soil control died in the house when its proponents failed to muster a^ constitutional majority. It received 58 votes to 37 against. The senate earlier opproved the report.