Another year for the Kansas Legislature, another attempt to change the state Constitution to prevent another school finance fiasco.
Sen. Phil Journey pushed his proposed Constitutional Amendment, SCR 1601, which would eliminate the requirement that the Legislature make "Suitable" provision for school finance. In its place would be language stating that the Legislature shall "provide" for school finance in the "manner and amount as determined solely by the legislature."
It's not likely to pass, even though lawmakers are still smarting from the bitter school finance battle played out in the courts. A series of similar attempts to limit the jurisdiction of the court in school finance litigation or change the way justices are appointed has failed in the past two years.
And even Journey admits his bill probably isn't going anywhere. But he said he just couldn't sit idly by as the Legislature's power of the purse is attacked.
"Sometimes you just have to jump on your donkey and tilt at the windmill," he said.
Posted by David Klepper