- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - First-term Republicans have a majority on a new Kansas House committee studying GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal for full state funding of public schools’ all-day kindergarten classes.

House Speaker Ray Merrick announced the appointments of the nine committee members Friday.

Brownback wants to phase in an $80 million increase in spending on all-day kindergarten classes over five years.

The study panel is chaired by freshman Republican Rep. Jerry Lunn of Overland Park, with fellow GOP freshman Ron Highland of Wamego as vice-chair.

Also appointed were freshman Republican Reps. Sue Boldra of Hays, Mark Kahrs of Wichita and Charles Macheers of Shawnee.

The other Republicans are Steve Huebert of Valley Center and Ron Ryckman Sr. of Meade.

The Democrats are Ed Trimmer of Arkansas City and Valdenia Winn of Kansas City.

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