Democrats in the Legislature have unveiled their jobs proposals for this session.
The bills would require state agencies to make efforts to buy American-made and Kansas-made goods when making purchases.
Paul Davis, from Lawrence, is the top Democrat in the House. He touted a bill stipulating that state contractors must attempt to hire Kansans first before bringing in out-of-state workers.
"We need to put an end to that," Davis said, "because we've got workers right here in Kansas that can do these jobs just as well as anyone can, and our tax dollars ought to be used to support Kansas workers."
Republicans have big majorities in both chambers, but Davis says he believes the bills could get support from both sides of the aisle.