You may remember Schoolhouse Rock, the series of educational cartoon shorts that ran on ABC on Saturday mornings in the 1970s. One of the most-popular episodes, titled "I'm Just a Bill," teaches kids about the legislative process through the adventures of Bill, a bill hoping to become a law.
At one point Bill and a young boy have the following exchange:
Bill: "I hope they decide to report on me favorably; otherwise I may die."
Bill: "Yeah, die in committee."
Such was the fate of a bill to amend the Kansas Wage Payment Act.
Kansas lawmakers closed a marathon 99-day session yesterday afternoon. When the gavel slammed for the final time, one of the bills left in the dust was House Bill 2627. This bill would have allowed employers to withhold money from an employee's final paycheck, upon providing written notice and an explanation, for the following reasons: (1) to recover a computer, phone, and other property provided to the employee; (2) to recoup a loan or advance made to the employee; (3) to recover a payroll overpayment; and (4) to compensate the employer for the cost or unpaid balance of the employer's uniforms, equipment, tools, or other property purchased by the employee.
The House of Representatives passed the bill 93-31 on February 23. On March 1 it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce. The Committee made some changes, and on March 13 recommended that it be passed by the entire Senate. But that was the end of the line for the bill, at least for the 2012 legislative session.
Want to see the old "I'm Just a Bill" video? Click here.