Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Amending the Constitution

From the Kansas City Star:

"With a 66-58 vote, the House killed a proposed constitutional amendment that would have blocked the judiciary from interfering with the Legislature’s power of the purse. The vote was 18 votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for constitutional amendments.

The amendment, which would have had to be approved by voters, would state that neither the executive branch nor the judicial branch can force the Legislature to set spending levels, except for specific reasons already in the law.

The state constitution already says the power to appropriate lies with the Legislature. But some lawmakers say more is needed to prevent the Supreme Court from interfering with budgeting, after the recent ruling by the court ordering the Legislature to spend more money on schools."

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