- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill that would require cities and towns to get approval from counties before annexing land in some cases.

The House approved the measure on a 106-7 vote Tuesday. The Senate approved the measure last week, and it goes next to Gov. Sam Brownback for his possible signature.

County commissioners would have to approve any proposed annexations by cities when the property is not adjacent to the city’s existing territory.

Republican Rep. Steve Huebert of Valley Center said the bill would put the nail in the coffin of some disputed land annexations in the state.

An earlier version of the bill was rejected by the House because of changes that would have required counties to approve all proposed annexations.


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