Kansas Legislature Adds 10 Days To 2017 Session Before It Begins

Republican leaders are already conceding that the Kansas Legislature won’t be able to stick to a traditional 90-day schedule for its annual session next year.

The Legislature’s top seven leaders decided Tuesday to budget for an additional 10 days in session for 2017, for a total of 100 days. Democrats opposed the move.

Legislators expect to wrestle with difficult budget decisions and to write a new formula for funding the state’s public schools.

However, to control costs, legislative leaders also agreed to budget for only an 80-day session in 2018. The moves shift roughly $500,000 in costs to 2017.

The 2015 session lasted a record 114 days as lawmakers struggled to balance the budget but this year’s session lasted only 73 days.