Analysis: Old business big for Kan. Legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - With conservative Republicans in control, the Kansas Legislature will spend much of this year's session replaying debates from the past two years.

The annual session opens Monday.

Conservatives will probably revive proposals to change how members of the state's appellate courts are selected, limit labor unions' political fundraising and mandate a 401(k)-style pension plan for new teachers and government workers.

A plan from conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to overhaul public school funding is all but certain to get serious consideration.

Even a debate over how best to build on last year's massive income tax cuts will revisit part of last year's debate. Legislators are expected to reconsider their refusal to keep the state's sales tax from dropping in July as planned to offset income tax reductions.

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