- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have settled their differences over proposals to change the date of local elections and cancel future presidential primaries.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1G4jOZU ) that three senators and three House members reached agreement Tuesday on the final version of an elections bill.

Both chambers must approve the measure to send it to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The measure would move city and local school board elections to the fall of even-numbered years from the spring of odd-numbered years. Local races would appear on the ballot first.

Supporters say the change will boost turnout in local elections. Critics see no need for change.

The measure also would end presidential primaries. Kansas law schedules them every four years, but lawmakers have canceled each one since 1992, usually because of the cost.

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