Where is the bill? Update on education funding bill

Published On: Apr 10 2014 04:57:51 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2014 05:20:09 PM CDT

The new education funding bill was a top priority for lawmakers, but it is still waiting for the Governor's signature.

"I'm specifically saying I don't have the bill yet to look at and examine the bill what all is in the language of it, but we will," Governor Sam Brownback said Wednesday.

After a bill passes both the House and Senate, it goes to the Revisor's office for what's called final engrossment. Workers in that office do all the legal research, fix grammatical errors and come up with a final, clean version of the bill.

That clean version then goes back to the place of origin. Since the education bill is a house bill, it will go there next.

The House then inspects the bill again, before sending it to the Division of Printing. That officer prints the final version of the bill for the Governor.

Brownback's office will give the bill another formal review through the Governor's council and policy people, to make sure it meets the Kansas Supreme Court's requirements.

"The money part of the bill I think is quite good and I think it does answer the equalization which we are under a July 1st deadline to hit," Brownback said.

Even though the court order has a July 1st deadline, Brownback is expected to take action on the education bill before the end of the month.

Once the Governor gets the education bill he has ten days to sign it, veto it or he can choose to do nothing. If that happens, the bill would automatically become law.