Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

House Endorses Call for Congress to Limit Regulations, Advances Midwife Regulations

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

House Endorses Call for Congress to Limit Regulations, Advances Midwife Regulations

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The Kansas House of Representatives advanced a resolution Monday urging a U.S. constitutional amendment to cut down on federal regulations.

The House gave initial approval on a voice vote to House Concurrent Resolution 5022. The resolution would urge Congress to propose a so-called freedom from regulation amendment.

The amendment would require greater congressional approval of federal regulations.

"Whenever one quarter of the members of the United States House of Representatives or the United States Senate transmits to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House of Representatives and the Senate to adopt that regulation," the amendment would read.

Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, said 15 states had passed similar resolutions. The amendment assures that anything controversial enough to earn the objection of 25 percent of one chamber of Congress would have to go before the full Congress.

He emphasized that the resolution doesn't call for a constitutional convention.

"By sending the threshold of one quarter, the goal would be those necessary and routine regulations would continue to go as needed," Johnson said.

But Rep. Annie Tietze, D-Topeka, argued the resolution may be seen by Congress as yet another message from Topeka, which she compared to constituents who send uniformly negative messages -- messages that consequently go straight into the trash bin.

"There comes a point where you know what happens to these amendments is they get filed by a staff member," Tietze said.

Midwives

The House gave early approval Monday to legislation that would allow independent midwifery in Kansas.

Senate Bill 402 would allow for midwives to practice without a collaborative practice agreement with someone licensed to practice medicine. …

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