A Senate committee voted down a proposal to create an inspector general who would keep a close eye on public school spending.
The Senate Education Committee voted 6-5 to reject the proposal backed by conservative Republican Sens. Ty Masterson of Andover and Mary Pilcher-Cook of Shawnee.
The bill failed to gain support in the committee after concerns were raised about whether it was constitutional because it infringed on the authority of the state Board of Education.
"What Republican legislators don't understand or don't recognize . . .