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December 4, 2013

Brownback gears up for 2014 State of the State address

The Kansas governor will deliver his address on Jan. 15

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will deliver what already shapes up to be a crucial, election-year State of the State address on Jan. 15, his office announced Tuesday.

As is custom, the 6:30 p.m. address will be in the House of Representatives chamber in the Statehouse.

By then, the governor may well know the outcome of a major state Supreme Court case on school funding that could require lawmakers to appropriate hundreds of millions more for public schools.

How Brownback handles such a decision could shape the direction of the 2014 session. Already some Republican lawmakers have indicated they would balk at such a demand by the court, setting the stage for a potential constitutional crisis.

Brownback’s speech will come at the beginning of an election year. State Rep. Paul Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, is challenging Brownback in a bid that is widely viewed as a long shot, but one that could morph into something more competitive depending on how the governor navigates the 2014 session.

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