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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Anti-abortion legislators are using an unorthodox process in hopes of getting their latest bill through the Legislature quickly.
They want to rewrite Kansas laws regulating late-term abortions. They're trying to revive parts of a bill vetoed last year and have up-or-down votes in the House and Senate on the new version, without committee hearings or giving legislators a chance to offer amendments.
The negotiators are likely to transform a minor utilities bill into major anti-abortion legislation. The negotiators shrug off questions about the process they're using and say the issue is familiar to legislators.
But the process bothers both abortion opponents and abortion rights supporters outside the Legislature, who don't think it's open enough.