By Diane Silver
Here's some bad news to start the weekend: The House Federal and State Affairs Committee is planning next week to work -- and possibly vote -- on a bill banning domestic partner registries throughout Kansas.
Because Fed and State Affairs is packed with ultra conservatives, the committee is likely to approve the bill and pass it on to the full House for a vote.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that committee chair Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, says he no longer believes HB 2299 would infringe on the home rule authority of cities. Thus, he plans to work the bill this coming week.
Honestly, it's a tad difficult to see how 2299 does NOT infringe on home rule authority. After all the bill was proposed after the Lawrence City Commission began talking about creating a registry. This bill would reach out of Topeka and slam it's clammy hand down on top of my local City Commission, stopping Lawrence's municipal process in it's tracks.
If that doesn't conflict with home rule, I don't know what does.
Call your representative NOW. If you don't know who represents your district in the House, visit this web site. The members of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee can be found on this pdf.
By the way, that's Siegfreid in the photo.