- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has approved a bill designed to shorten the Legislature’s annual sessions.

Its vote Thursday was 25-11 on a measure that would limit sessions to 100 days in odd-numbered years and to 60 days in even-numbered years.

The measure goes next to the House.

The proposal came after the 2015 annual session lasted a record 114 days.

The state constitution doesn’t limit sessions in odd-numbered years, though the tradition is 90 days. Sessions in even-numbered years are limited to 90 days.

Under the bill, legislators still could vote to extend their sessions longer, as they can now.

Some senators thought the bill is unnecessary, but supporters said it would promote efficiency and cut the state’s costs.

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