The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 4, 1997
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AB SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1997 LEGISLATURE THE SAUNA JOURNAL T OMNIBUS BILL Spending debate drags on Negotiators at odds over appropriations for several programs By JOHN HANNA Tht Associated Press TOPEKA — Negotiations between senators and House members over the 1997 Legislature's last spending bill made little progress because of differences over several major items. A joint conference committee, three senators and three representatives, continued to meet Saturday night over the omnibus appropriations act. However, neither house had moved much in their positions. The rhetoric of budget negotiations usually is confrontational when a conference committee begins work on the omnibus. But it typically softens quickly, as conference committee members feel pressed for time. But this year, the rhetoric remained confrontational for two days. Sen. Dave Kerr, R-Hutchinson, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, gave House members a series of stinging critiques of their positions Friday, and he stuck to his assessments Saturday. "We thought we had provided adequate arguments," Kerr said. "They're proving much more resistant that we thought." House members saw the senators as obstinate. "There's not been a willingness to come to the table and negotiate," said Rep. Henry Helgerson, D-Wichita, the ranking minority party member on the House Appropriations Committee. The House's version of the omnibus included about $14 million more in spending than the Senate's version over the current fis- The Associated Press State Reps. Tom Bradley, R-Topeka, (left) and Greg Packer, R-Topeka, prepare for the rare Saturday session of the Legislature, which will carry over into today as key issues remain. cal year and fiscal 1998, which begins July 1. "You're concerned about money; we are, too," Rep. Phil Kline, R-Overland Park, chairman of the House Appropriations Com-. mittee, told Senate negotiators. Kerr replied: "I've cleared my calendar until Tuesday. I hope it doesn't take that long, but if we continue to take these approaches, it may take a while." The major differences were over: • Spending for an expansion of the prison system. • Money for community programs for young offenders in the new Juvenile Justice Authority's budget for fiscal 1998. • Extra pension benefits for retired teachers and state employees. • Cuts in spending on econom- ic development programs and restrictions on how funds are used. • Renovation of Cedar Crest, the governor's residence. The big difference over prison expansion is whether the state should add space for 200 medium-security inmates in Hutchinson. The Senate endorsed the project, and the House did not. The Senate approved a prison- expansion package worth nearly $15 million, close to the one Gov. Bill Graves proposed. The House package is $8.2 million. The House package emphasizes community corrections more and avoids the use of bonds to pay for construction. On juvenile-justice spending, the House approved $5 million more in spending for community programs than the Senate. Pensions remained a big issue. The House approved a proposal to give retirees an extra check in October worth 3 percent of a retiree's annual benefits. The average check would be $237. The total cost of the proposal would be $12.7 million. House members offered to cut the proposal in half, but senators want no extra check. On Cedar Crest, negotiators have agreed to spend $1 million to make major repairs in its heating, plumbing, electrical and security systems, half in fiscal 1998 and half in fiscal 1999. Graves did not propose any spending. The Senate wants to add the money to the Department of Administration's budget, where it traditionally has been. The House wants the money added to the governor's budget. T BUDGET T ABORTION Informed-consent bill approved Compromise measure required doctors to explain abortions By The Associated Press TOPEKA — The Legislature Saturday sent to Gov. Bill Graves a bill that would require doctors to have face-to-face meetings with women who want abortions. The House approved the measure, 118-0, and the Senate, 38-0. The bill also included provisions to implement the federal Kennedy-Kassebaum law. The changes would make health insur- ance more available to employees who work for small companies or have difficulty getting insurance because of poor health. The informed consent for abortion provision was a compromise developed by Rep. Susan Wagle, R- Wichita, who is anti-abortion, and Sen. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, who supports abortion rights. It drew support from legislators on both sides. "What we arrived at is a very good product that I think speaks well of the Legislature," Wagle said. Earlier in the session, the House passed an informed-consent bill that the Senate rejected. The compromise removed a preamble abortion-rights advocates saw as inflammatory, as well as the use of "unborn child" for "fetus." Rep. Nancy Kirk, D-Topeka, said the compromise measure would result in women receiving legitimate information about abortions. "What we found, in the effort to reach a compromise, is what everyone wanted," said Kirk, who served on the conference committee of three senators and three House members, appointed to draft a final version of the legislation. Diehl Construction Underground Tank Removal & Demolition (913) 823-7800 LIFETIME SERVICE FLAT REPAIR PACKAGE 155 S. 5th, Salina 7913 825 4211 House rejects Senate abortion bill By The Associated Press TOPEKA — The House Saturday rejected the Senate version of a late-term abortion ban and restored its own language prohibiting most third-trimester abortions. The Senate had passed Friday, 40-0, a bill banning the specific procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. The House spurned that version and reinserted into the bill the provisions it had passed with 87 votes. The bill returned to the Senate, where anti-abortion rights senators failed Friday to pass a stronger bill than the one that would prohibit only partial-birth abortions. That procedure, more complicated than first-trimester abortions, involves partially extracting a fetus, legs first, through the birth canal, cutting an incision in the barely visible skull base and then draining the contents of the skull. Opponents of the legislation say the procedure is uncommon and used only when the fetus has severe abnormalities or the woman has serious health problems. Abortion foes dispute that, maintaining that the procedure is common and often elective. The Senate version was represented during the hourlong House debate as the only one Gov. Bill Graves will accept. "This is the politics of the issue now," Rep. Nancy Kirk, D-Topeka, said of the House action. Subscribe Today For Only $9.97(4 ,.su..) Each issue features the people, places, events and heritage that makes Salina so special. Makes a great gift, perfect for your home or office. Coll 825-6789 M-F A publication of The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. BioCore at heart of dispute By The Associated Press TOPEKA — House members thought they sent a strong message about their dissatisfaction over economic development programs. Senators are trying to ignore it. The House added a series of amendments to the session's last spending bill, the omnibus appropriations act, to cut spending on economic development programs and restrict venture capital investments. The Senate never considered the proposals, and Sen. Dave Kerr. R-Hutchinson, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, has made their exclusion from the fi- nal version of the omnibus bill a non-negotiable item. "What they've done is apparently try to unwind some of the state's economic development programs," Kerr said Saturday. "We're not going to be a party to that." Scrutiny of BioCore Inc., a Topeka medical products company, and a Texas business operated by one of its vice presidents, has created opposition to spending on economic development. The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., the state agency set up to help develop high-tech businesses, has invested $4.7 million in two funds, Ad Astra and Ad Astra II — 72 percent of the money in those funds. MAURE WEIGEL Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron The CUPBOARD 2 911 B. West Crawford, Salina POOL'S PLUS at 9th & Magnolia - South of Central Mall, Salina I 823-7665 1-800-649-7587 I Coleman®, "Coleman Spas - , Simply The Best" Now you can rwlaxr I FREE COVER LIFTER OR! 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