- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas House will have a new budget subcommittee on funding for public schools, and a western Kansas lawmaker will lead its Appropriations Committee.

House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe announced Thursday that he’s splitting oversight over education spending between subcommittees on public schools and higher education.

The new K-12 panel’s chairman is Republican Rep. Larry Campbell of Olathe.

Ryckman served as Appropriations Committee chairman before fellow Republicans designated him as speaker for 2017-18.

He named Republican Rep. Troy Waymaster of Bunker Hill as the next Appropriations Committee chairman.

GOP moderates picked up some key committee posts after elections this year made the Legislature less conservative.

Rep. Steve Johnson of Assaria will be chairman of the Taxation Committee, and Rep. Blaine Finch of Ottawa will lead the Judiciary Committee.

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