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The best quotes of the legislative session

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Ninety days. Hundreds of bills. Tens of thousands of words. Here are some of the best – a glance back at highlights from the 2007 legislative work session.
“I know it is infringing on what I guess they call freedom of speech. However, there are some subject materials that are best left not recorded.”
Rep. Don Myers, R-Derby
Discussing a bill to allow school districts, before publication, to review and make recommendations on articles in student newspapers

“We have gone to the dark side. An ominous cloud has now covered Kansas, and it will never go away.”
Rep. Don Dahl, R-Hillsboro
Explaining his “no” vote on a bill expanding gambling

“Just because we want to attract jobs doesn’t mean we have to fold our cards at the very first round or the very first knock on the door from one of our lobby friends.”
Sen. Chris Steineger, D-Kansas City
Questioning a $2 million tax break sought by lobbyists for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

“We’re not a bunch of four-eyed virgins sitting at this table having never done this before.”
Rep. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth
Chastising three senators she thought were pulling the wool over her eyes during conference committee negotiations

“We’re kind of rednecks.”
Rep. Judy Morrison, R-Shawnee
Making a tongue-in-cheek comment about why Johnson County residents didn’t vote for a cultural compact with a neighboring Missouri county

“Government doesn’t do anything well.”
Rep. Ben Hodge, R-Overland Park
Expressing skepticism the state can prevent corruption in the gambling industry

“I tell you, you don’t know what you’re voting on. No one I know has read this bill.”
Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe
Trying to block House passage of the expanded gambling bill

“The practical effect of this defense is that materials that would be illegal if sold at a porn shop may be legal if displayed to a kindergarten class.”
Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe
Explaining why public school teachers shouldn’t be exempt from the crime of promoting obscenity

“I sometimes compare myself to Moses having wandered around in the wilderness for 40 years when Dave Kerr was president.”
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka
Praising current Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, for working cooperatively in the 2007 session with Democrats