The Kansas Senate narrowly passed a bill Thursday that would move municipal and school board elections to November of odd-numbered years, and those elections would remain nonpartisan.
The bill passed on final action by a vote of 21-18. Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, voted no. Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, passed on the vote.
Senate Bill 171 would also make allowance for cities that have staggered terms, and those whose council members serve three-year terms, to have elections every year. If enacted into law, it would take effect in 2017.
The bill was slightly different from the version originally introduced in the Senate Elections Committee, which called for making all local elections partisan.
(Read more: Lawrence Journal-World)
Here is the final roll call vote:
Emergency Final Action – Substitute passed as amended – 02/26/2015
On roll call the vote was:
Yea – (21):
Abrams, Arpke, Baumgardner, Bruce, Denning, Donovan, Fitzgerald, Holmes, King, Knox, LaTurner, Lynn, Masterson, Melcher, O’Donnell, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook, Powell, Smith, Tyson, Wagle,
Nay – (18):
Bowers, Faust-Goudeau, Haley, Hawk, Hensley, Holland, Kelly, Kerschen, Longbine, Love, McGinn, Olson, Ostmeyer, Pettey, Pyle, Schmidt, Wilborn, Wolf,
Present but Not Voting – (1):
Absent and Not Voting – (0):
Not Voting – (0):