Amid hundreds of disabled Kansans and their advocates rallying outside the Statehouse in Topeka, lawmakers went back to work Wednesday after their spring break.



The Associated Press reported nearly 600 people gathered outside the Statehouse for the end of the monthlong “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” relay, where people traveled thousands of miles across the state to publicize the needs of the disabled.

Amid hundreds of disabled Kansans and their advocates rallying outside the Statehouse in Topeka, lawmakers went back to work Wednesday after their spring break.

The Associated Press reported nearly 600 people gathered outside the Statehouse for the end of the monthlong “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” relay, where people traveled thousands of miles across the state to publicize the needs of the disabled.

On Wednesday, as the wrap up session began, lawmakers were pressed to close a projected $510 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

During the morning, the Kansas Senate stalled a bill that placed tougher regulations on adult entertainment businesses.

The Senate voted 20-20 on House amendments that imposed restrictions on where those businesses could locate, meaning the bill remains in negotiations between both chambers.
In addition, Senators voted down a measure that would have revived a proposed “Health Care Freedom Amendment” to the state constitution.

The Senate voted 21-19 against pulling the measure out of committee.

The amendment would bar the state from requiring any individual or business to buy health insurance, in response to the federal law requiring most Americans to buy coverage beginning in 2014.