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The state capital building in Topeka, Kansas.

Kansans can expect lawmakers to address some contentious issues including COVID-19 policies and Critical Race Theory.

The Kansas legislative session kicked off Monday in Topeka with the election year looming large. The 125 representatives and 40 senators will begin committee deliberations this week, hoping to pass legislation Gov. Laura Kelly sees fit to sign.

According to her State of the State speech given earlier this week, what Kelly would like is the elimination of the sales tax on food, a freeze on college tuition rates and a $250 check for each taxpayer.

Republicans are echoing some of those ideas but are also talking about a different need, and that’s shoring up the state pension fund, which has a long-term unfunded liability of $5 billion.

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