TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators have hatched a plan for returning the Kansas Statehouse’s meditation room to its unique spot after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly moved it to create extra space for her workers.
Senate President Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, outlined the proposal this week throughout a gathering of prime lawmakers. A call is probably going later this yr.
The GOP-controlled Legislature wanted space for prayer in 2012 when then-Republican Gov. Sam Brownback created a meditation room on the Statehouse’s second ground. That is the place the governor and governor’s workers have workplaces.
GOP legislators included provisions in annual state budgets to maintain the room there. However they forgot final yr, permitting Kelly to commandeer their prized area.
Kelly expanded her constituent companies group to assist in the course of the coronavirus pandemic and stated they wanted to social distance.
The meditation room moved to an out-of-the-way spot within the basement sometimes used for capturing movies and tv interviews. GOP lawmakers responded this yr with a price range provision to reclaim the second-floor area, however Kelly vetoed it.
Masterson’s plan would give the governor’s workers a unique second-floor suite now utilized by Home members. That will immediate different area swaps involving them, senators, their clerks and State Library staffers.
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