Handful of items await lawmakers when they return to business next week Featured

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State lawmakers are getting ready to get back to work and, if everything works out well, close down the 2019 legislative session in short order.

The veto session begins May 1, and 60th District Representative Mark Schreiber, KVOE's Newsmaker 2 guest Wednesday, says just a handful of items remain up for discussion and possible action. House members are awaiting a decision on whether the Senate will vote on expanding Medicaid. Opponents say federal support may be ending soon, and Schreiber says a House plan passed earlier this session would drop Kansas from the program if that does indeed happen.

Medicaid expansion will play a big part in the upcoming budget talks as lawmakers from both chambers work to finalize an overall package.

Lawmakers are also waiting for a Kansas Supreme Court decision on education funding, which may not come out until the end of the academic and fiscal year June 30. Schreiber says the $90 million inflation package approved by House, Senate and Governor Laura Kelly should find favor with the court.

If the Supreme Court sides with Schools for Fair Funding, Schreiber says the court could give lawmakers up to a year to come up with another fix or it could demand immediate action, in which case a special session would be needed.

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