A bill championed by Topeka Sen. Anthony Hensley received an icy reception Tuesday from Republican lawmakers and big-business lobbyists skeptical of confining large state contracts and major corporate tax breaks to firms with 70 percent of employees residing in Kansas.
"It makes little sense to continue to allow state dollars to pay the wages of out-of-state workers when we have Kansas workers available to do the same work," Hensley said.
Under the bill recommended by a coalition of House and Senate Democrats, contractors and subcontractors involved in state contracts valued in excess of $100,000 would abide by the 70 percent rule starting in 2014.
A cosmetics sales-person, originally appointed to office in an election bait and switch ((by anti-19th Amendment/anti-feminist vice chair of the state's Senate Elections and Local Government Committee, Senator Kay O'Connor)) and then later successfully funded by Americans for Prosperity and, hence, working for the Kochs, said the bill would not make it back to the floor for further discussion:
Sen. Julia Lynn, an Olathe Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said she was uncertain whether the bill would be discussed again by the committee because it lacked sufficient GOP votes to pass.
"uncertain" I'm not surprised, it's probably a little more complicated than shopping.