Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Haley recognized for perfect voting record

News Release:
Senator David Haley, D-Kansas City, has been recognized by Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley for achieving a perfect voting record during the 2013 regular and special legislative sessions.

"While I'm humbled by this announcement, I am personally satisfied to once again achieve this rare benchmark after missing a few votes two sessions ago,” said Haley. “I believe that being present during legislative debates and making appropriate votes is simply part of my job as your state senator. Each session I continue to work hard to be where I’m supposed to be when it really counts in order to represent the needs and values of our district to the best of my ability.”

“In addition to attending countless community and district events, Senator Haley continues to be an outspoken advocate for the people of Wyandotte County when he’s at the Statehouse,” said Hensley.  “His perfect voting record simply attests to his legislative experience and commitment to the fourth district.”

“As Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Haley worked closely on the revised Hard 50 law during the special session,” continued Hensley. “He also participated in the nomination hearing of Caleb Stegall, and expressed opposition to the new judicial selection process for the Court of Appeals during the Senate confirmation floor debate.”

“I was a firm supporter of the special session to ensure the passage of an amended and constitutionally adjusted Hard 50 sentencing law,” said Haley. “However, this special session also ushered in a new era – which I continue to oppose – for a governor to hand pick a Court of Appeals justice, regardless of legal qualifications.”

The Kansas Legislature met for 99 days during the 2013 regular session and two days during the special session.  In total, lawmakers cast 367 votes, and 136 bills were signed into law. 

Official attendance and voting records are kept by the Secretary of the Senate, who recently confirmed the records of each Senator.