TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican House members have helped kill a bill that could have created a Medicaid legislative oversight panel.
House members voted 69-54 Thursday to return a bill that could have created the oversight panel to the House Appropriations Committee.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, R, wants to expand use of Medicaid managed care programs; critics argue that Brownback is moving too fast.
In related news, Kansas lawmakers have decided to wait until late April, when they return from their annual spring break, to come up with a final version of tax-cutting legislation.
House and Senate negotiators suspended talks Thursday on working out their chambers’ differences on bills reducing individual income taxes and eliminating the income tax for some businesses. They also remain divided on cutting the sales tax.
Legislators won’t be able to complete work on a $14.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 without deciding how much to cut taxes.