Monday, March 9, 2015

Kansas House Bill Would Cancel 2016 Presidential Primary

On Thursday, March 5, the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs introduced legislation in the lower chamber to cancel the 2016 presidential primary in the Sunflower state.

HB 2398 is identical to the bill currently at the committee stage of consideration in the state Senate. SB 239, introduced last month, faced some resistance in a committee hearing from the Senate president, but the nearly $2 million price tag makes it likely that Kansas will again postpone the presidential primary for another cycle. Whether the Senate or House bill (or both) is the vehicle through which that change again occurs remains to be determined.

The state last held a presidential primary in 1992.

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