Another interesting development regarding Medicaid Expansion in Kansas. Supporters of expansion will need required votes from the Senate to move things along. Late last week, just moments before the Senate adjourned for its three-week break, Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, made a formal motion to move HB 2066 from the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee to the General Order section of their May calendar.
The formal motion to move it to the general order section is necessary to pull a bill from a committee of legislators who will not forward it to the calendar themselves for action. Senate Leadership said Hensley's motion will be considered shortly after the Senate convenes May 1. Moving the bill requires 24 votes, and before they can debate and actually have a final vote on the bill, at least 27 votes are required to move forward.