Senate President Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican and conference supporter, hoped to move the decision with 21 to 26 votes within the 40-member chamber. Though that will be shy of a two-thirds majority, he stated he would declare the measure handed and anticipate to spark a lawsuit to settle the query of what is required for Kansas to hitch the decision.
“I merely need a solution to the issue,” Masterson stated earlier than the Senate’s debate.
The Senate’s debate got here with leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature hoping to wrap up the 12 months’s enterprise by week’s finish. GOP lawmakers are negotiating with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly over college funding and training coverage proposals, and legislators additionally needed to end the subsequent state funds.
The group Conference of States Motion says 15 states have utilized for a conference. The hassle has cut up conservative Republicans in Kansas.
That created a hazard for supporters that the Senate would reject the decision, thwarting Masterson’s effort to get the authorized query answered. However there additionally can be no authorized situation to contest if the decision handed with a two-thirds majority.
Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, a Galena Republican, stated many conference supporters are “patriots” who “see an issue with the federal authorities,” however chided the push’s organizers.