- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has agreed to a compromise moving local elections to the fall in odd-numbered years.

The chamber voted 22-13 on Wednesday to accept the changes. The bill will go to the governor if it is approved by the House.

The bill also would cancel the state’s presidential primaries and bar general election candidates from dropping out of a race unless experiencing “severe medical hardship.”

Legislators have canceled the past five primaries because of their cost, opting for caucuses funded by the Republican and Democratic parties.

Republican Sen. Carolyn McGinn of Sedgwick says she opposes the changes because they would force elected school board members to take office in the middle of fiscal years. She says that would disrupt the budgeting process.

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