The Senate Ways and Means Committee has introduced legislation that would pause the implementation of new Common Core Education standards. The bill the committee introduced Friday would create an 11-member legislative panel to review the State Board of Education's decisions on any new education standards.
Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says no new tax proposals have emerged from his survey of dozens of Republicans.
Merrick met Republicans in small groups Wednesday after the House rejected a proposal to the lower the state sales tax from 6.3 percent to 6 percent in July. It's currently scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent on July 1.
Merrick says House GOP leaders don't yet have a new plan. Lawmakers involved in the meetings said House Republicans expressed a variety of positions.
Kansas legislators are going back to work on tax cuts and the budget, still uncertain when they'll wrap up their annual session.
House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a plan to cut personal income taxes to follow up on massive reductions approved last year. The proposal sets the sales tax at 6 percent in July to raise additional revenues to prevent budget shortfalls.
The House would vote first on the plan, but its leaders haven't announced when the chamber will take up the measure.
Top Republicans in the Kansas Senate don't yet know whether a new tax plan they've pushed through their chamber will find favor with GOP House members.
The bill approved Thursday by the Senate would lower the state sales tax on groceries to 4.95 percent in January while keeping it at 6.3 percent for all other items subject to the tax. The vote was 24-15.
House members could take an up-or-down vote Friday on the measure, deciding whether to send it to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.