Legislative chambers take first three Fridays off – Hays Daily News

TOPEKA — They don’t take roll call on pro forma days in the Kansas Senate, but fewer than 10 of the 40 members were present Friday. In the 125-member House, it required only two hands to take the count.

The State Legislature essentially has taken off every Friday since the session opened Jan. 9.

Pro forma is a Latin term meaning “as a matter of form” and on Friday, the Senate opened at approximately 8:03 a.m. and adjourned at 8:05 a.m. The House opened at 9:01 and adjourned at 9:03 a.m.

“Usually the first couple of weeks start pretty slow. It’s not normal to have three pro formas in a row,” said Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick. “Not sure why we’re doing that, but I don’t make those decisions.”

“It does put a little bit of a tight time…

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