- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The latest on the final day of the Kansas Legislature’s annual session. (All times local):

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3:15 p.m.

Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislative leaders have approved a plan to have the state shuffle $840 million into its main bank account from its other accounts.

The move Friday was aimed at preventing the state from having problems meeting its payroll or paying bills on time during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The state has resorted to such borrowing 23 times in the past 30 years because tax collections don’t match up with when bills come due. Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson compared it to a family shifting money from a savings account into a checking account.

But Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said the amount of borrowing shows that the Republican governor is managing the state’s finances poorly.

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1:30 p.m.

Kansas legislators have formally ended an annual session that was the longest in history at 114 days.

The House and Senate adjourned for the year after passing a bill that resolved a conflict arising from lawmakers enacting two conflicting versions of a law aimed at limiting local property taxes, starting in 2018.

The Senate adjourned at 10:30 a.m., and the House followed 45 minutes later.

But a House investigating committee convened afterward. It reviewed and dismissed a complaint against Democratic Rep. Valdenia Winn of Kansas City over her use of the words “racist bigots” to describe supporters of a bill denying in-state tuition to people who are in the U.S. illegally.

The committee wrapped up its meeting just after 12:30 p.m.

Legislative leaders traditionally schedule sessions to last 90 days.

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12:58 p.m.

A Kansas legislative panel has unanimously dismissed a complaint against a House member who used the words “racist bigots” to describe supporters of a bill denying in-state tuition to people who entered the U.S. illegally.

Republican Rep. Mark Kahrs made the motion Friday to dismiss, saying he thought Rep. Valdenia Winn’s comments at a March 19 House Education Committee meeting were slanderous but protected by the First Amendment.

Winn called the bill “an example of institutional racism” and apologized to students and parents whose lives “are being hijacked by the racist bigots who support this bill.”

Nine members of the committee signed the complaint against her.

Kahrs called Winn’s statements an unfair, irresponsible attack on fellow committee members and suggested that she apologize.

Winn said after the hearing she doesn’t intend to do that.

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12:10 p.m.

Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill resolving a conflict caused by the enactment of two versions of a law aimed at holding down local property taxes.

The House approved the measure Friday on an 85-23 vote shortly after the Senate approved it, 24-8. It goes next to Gov. Sam Brownback, and he is expected to sign it.

The bill fixes a problem with a law limiting the authority of cities and counties to spend increases in property tax revenues without voters’ approval. Under the fix, the limits would start in 2018.

The limits were included in two bills raising sales and cigarette taxes to balance the budget. One said the property tax limits would start in July and the other in 2018.

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11:15 a.m.

Dozens of people have gathered at the Kansas Statehouse to protest over a variety of issues on the final day of the Legislature’s annual session.

About 200 people participated Friday in a rally in the rotunda.

Many of them were protesting Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies.

The GOP-dominated Legislature aggressively cut income taxes at his urging in 2012 and 2013 in hopes of stimulating the economy. But budget problems that followed prompted lawmakers to raise sales and cigarette taxes this year.

Some rally participants were gay rights advocates who celebrated a U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that same-sex couples can marry anywhere in the nation. Brownback has been a vocal supporter of a ban on gay marriage in Kansas.

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10:55 a.m.

The Kansas Senate has approved a bill resolving a conflict caused by lawmakers enacting two versions of a law aimed at holding down local property taxes.

The 24-8 vote Friday sent the bill to the House. Its approval would send the measure to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The bill fixes a problem with a law limiting the authority of cities and counties to spend increases in property tax revenues without voters’ approval. Under the fix, the limits would start in 2018.

The limits were included in two bills raising sales and cigarette taxes to balance the budget. One said the property tax limits would start in July and the other in 2018.

The need for a correction forced lawmakers to extend their longest-ever annual session into a 114th day.

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10:16 a.m.

A Democratic Kansas lawmaker says she wasn’t calling members of the House Education Committee bigots when she spoke out against a bill that would have denied in-state tuition for residents who are in the country illegally.

Rep. Valdenia Winn of Kansas City appeared Friday before a six-member committee appointed to investigate a complaint by members of the education panel after her remarks at a March 19 meeting.

The complaint alleges Winn used inflammatory language when she apologized to students and parents whose lives were “being hijacked by the racist bigots who support this bill.”

The investigating committee asked few questions of Winn and two of the nine representatives who signed the complaint. The panel planned to go into a secret session later Friday before reconvening to announce its findings.

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The item in this story moving at 10:16 a.m. has been corrected to show that the legislator’s first name is Valdenia, instead of Valendia.

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