Push to introduce partisanship to HB 2227 (moving school board and other local elections to November) reveals true motivation behind the bill

As we suggested there would be, there was discussion on Monday about amending the bill on moving local elections to the fall to also make them partisan. “The only person to speak in favor of the bill Monday was Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party. Barker advocated amending the bill to make municipal elections partisan. . .
Rep. Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, said he did not object to moving the date of local races, but he worried that the bill will be amended later to make local races partisan.
‘School board races and city council races in Kansas have traditionally not been partisan races, so it’s a concern that the proponent of the bill is the Republican Party and their big push is to make them partisan,’ Sawyer said.”
Read more here:http://www.kansas.com/2014/02/10/3280218/some-see-local-elections-bill.html#storylink=cpy
The committee has not voted yet. Email them and urge them to vote NO on HB 2227. Chair Rep Scott Schwab, Committee email distribution list:
scott.schwab@house.ks.gov, steve.huebert@house.ks.gov, tom.sawyer@house.ks.gov, john.alcala@house.ks.gov,john.barker@house.ks.gov, john.carmichael@house.ks.gov, erin.davis@house.ks.gov, keith.esau@house.ks.gov, mike.kiegerl@house.ks.gov,lance.kinzer@house.ks.gov, connie.obrien@house.ks.gov, tom.phillips@house.ks.gov, jim.ward@house.ks.gov, sharon.schwartz@house.ks.gov

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