Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds to boost the financial health of the state pension system for teachers and government workers.
Updated at 7:19 a.m. The Kansas House passed the bill late Tuesday evening.
Two bills that would have cut back teachers' bargaining rights have been shelved for this session.
Republican legislators in Kansas who want to put new government employees in a 401(k)-style pension plan have abandoned an effort to pass legislation this year.
The Kansas House Wednesday rejected a proposal by Democrats aimed at reducing the property taxes paid by Kansans.