First term[ edit ] Throughout her first term, Sebelius built upon her popularity and in January was tied for 20th most popular governor in the country.
Her grade was influenced by the combination of proposed tax increases and expanded spending growth beyond population plus inflation. Four days later, Mark Parkinson , former chair of the Kansas Republican Party , switched his party affiliation to Democrat; the following day Sebelius announced that Parkinson would be her running mate for Lieutenant Governor.
Parkinson had previously served in the state House during — and the Senate during — Parkinson was viewed as a pro-business moderate who strongly supported public education. This was somewhat reminiscent of the fact that John Moore had also been a Republican, before switching just days prior to joining Sebelius as her running mate.
Because of Kansas's term limits law, her second term as Governor was her last. Kansas state budget —09 In February , during Sebelius's second term in office, there was a report in the Wichita Eagle that the State of Kansas was suspending tax refunds and that, because of a lack of tax revenue, may not have been able to meet payroll for state employees.
However, Republican leaders in the legislature did not agree with her certificate of indebtedness plan, saying the state would be unable to repay the certificates unless Sebelius issued allotments or signed a budget rescission bill that had been passed by the legislature but had not yet been delivered to her desk.
The standoff ended when the budget arrived, and Sebelius agreed to sign it, although she line-item vetoed several cuts she felt were too large. Bush 's State of the Union Address. The governor at first did not publicly comment on whether or not she would be interested in accepting the position.
On March 2, , Obama officially announced Governor Sebelius as his nominee. Senator Bob Dole and current U. Anti-abortion activists and senators were the primary opponents of Sebelius's nomination. Lieutenant Governor Parkinson was sworn in as Governor of Kansas and served the remainder of Sebelius's term.
In response to website glitches and failures, she said in October , "You deserve better. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems and I'm committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site. Sebelius's office reclassified the event from official to political and reimbursed the government's expenses.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated that same day as her successor. Proponents of the bill argued the legislation would strengthen late-term abortion laws and prevent so-called " coerced abortions," particularly with respect to minors. The Kansas City Star reported that HS SB would have required the State of Kansas to collect patient diagnostic information providing detailed medical justification for late-term abortions, and would have also permitted litigants to sue abortion providers if they thought that a relative of theirs was planning a late-term abortion in violation of Kansas law.
She wrote, "The United States Supreme Court decisions make clear that any law regulating abortion must contain exceptions for pregnancies which endanger the woman's life or health.
However, SB allows a variety of individuals to seek a court order preventing a woman from obtaining an abortion, even where it may be necessary to save her life. I am concerned that the bill is unconstitutional or even worse, endangers the lives of women. Korman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York struck down this restriction, calling it "frivolous" and "silly", and alleging that pure politics — not scientific evidence — was behind efforts by Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, to block easier distribution to young girls.
The Obama administration, in response, lowered the age limit from 17 to 15 but decided to appeal this ruling to maintain the loosened restrictions, in a move that was widely criticized by advocates of reproductive rights.