Archive for Monday, March 11, 2013

Capitol Report: Drones, guns and school finance

March 11, 2013


Drones would be grounded in Kansas

The national debate over the use of drones has hit the Kansas Legislature. House Bill 2394, introduced by state Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco, would prohibit the operation of drones in Kansas while carrying a lethal payload. Law enforcement agencies also would be prohibited from using a drone to collect evidence.

But the bill would allow drones to counter a potential terrorist attack "provided, the United States department of homeland security has determined that credible intelligence indicates that there is such a risk of a terrorist attack, and a search warrants has been obtained for use of such a drone."

Bill targets public funds to advocate for gun control

A bill backed by the NRA that would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to advocate for gun control is headed to the full Senate.

The Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee approved Senate Bill 45 last week. The measure would prohibit the use of public funds to advocate for gun restrictions at the local, state or federal levels.

The bill was supported by the NRA, Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun rights advocates, who argued that taxpayer funds shouldn't be used to lobby for restrictions on legal products.

School finance conference

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will conduct a telephone conference with attorneys today (Monday) in the school finance lawsuit.

The state is appealing a ruling from a three-judge panel that the Legislature has failed to adequately fund schools and ordered a $440 million increase.

At the request of Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the state Supreme Court ordered the parties to enter into mediation to see if the case could be resolved.

The court told the sides to agree on a mediator or the justices would appoint one. That issue will probably be discussed today.

Quote of the week:

"If we're having people in our education system, I don't want them involved in any way, shape or form or manner in killing children, killing babies."

State Rep. Allan Rothlisberg, R-Grandview Plaza, speaking against an amendment to an abortion bill that would allow people who work with abortion providers to volunteer in classrooms.

What's next:


8:30 a.m. — Economic impact of immigration in Kansas before Senate Commerce Committee, room 548-South.

9 a.m. — Final action on state budget before House Appropriations, room 112-North.

1:30 p.m. — Briefing on Kansas University Medical Center before joint meeting of Senate and House health committees, room 546-South.


8 a.m. — Final action on state budget before House Appropriations, room 112-North.


Joe Hyde 5 years, 1 month ago

Looks to be another frantic week of fear mongering and social engineering for the state's conservative Republican control freaks. Lordy, that group ought to start calling itself the N-RA (for Neo-Republican Autocrats).

headdoctor 5 years, 1 month ago

I also would be concerned that the pseudo Republicans would misuse drones if they had the power. I would more likely believe that for now they are worried that the drones might be used against them to put a stop to their vexatious activities that are really nothing more than legal terrorism.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 1 month ago

the most serious problem with the drones is not addressed by this bill, and was not addressed by Paul's filibuster the other day.

apparently the obama executive branch believes it can target for killing american citizens, when they are not engaged in emergent battle type actions, but simply are believed to be associated, supporting, etc with terrorist organizations. that is, they have targetted american citizens overseas in such circumstances, as well as persons whose identities were not certain. they targetted these persons without any legal process, without any hearing at all.
thus, due process was lost, and the executive branch was acting alone.

sadly, "terrorist threat" might get the federal armed drones past this proposed kansas bill, without judicial review, without due process.

elliottaw 5 years, 1 month ago

America has been doing that for about the last 10 years, it is nothing new and only applies to those overseas actively engage in terrorist activities with know enemies

Glenn Reed 5 years, 1 month ago

The bill regarding law enforcement use of aerial drones is very simple at this stage. I can't necessarily agree with it at this point. New technologies should be embraced. Rules regarding their use should be enforced. But prohibiting them in such simple terms seems sloppy.

I wonder if an individual or private organization would run into much trouble using them or surveillance purposes. Would a gun some guy wired to his quadcopter fall under the second amendment?

question4u 5 years, 1 month ago

"The bill was supported by the NRA, Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun rights advocates, who argued that taxpayer funds shouldn't be used to lobby for restrictions on legal products."

And by the same reasoning – since our legislators are all bright, logical and ethical – we should soon see a bill to ban use of taxpayer funds to lobby for restrictions on services that are legal. It will be interesting to see these same legislators get up and argue that no public money should be used to lobby for restrictions on abortion or adult businesses.

But will we ever see fair, logical, and ethical behavior from this legislature? Will we see laws that are passed to protect freedom of speech and democracy rather than to curtail them? Will we see this legislature act to preserve American values rather than spit on them?

Forget Ad Astra per Aspera. The new Kansas motto is: "I disagree with what you say, and I will fight to the death to restrict you from saying it."

The founding fathers would be so proud.

jwljpm 5 years, 1 month ago

Lethal drones? That's what we are concerned about in the midst of the legislatively created fiscal crisis? So, who is going to be designated to track those drones over Kansas air space and shoot them down when they violate the sovereign will of the Kansas Legislature?

Joe Blackford II 5 years, 1 month ago

& after all those drones were shot down, Vern's T-I-P sponsors would open Rent-A-Drone outlets @ discount to authorized charitable organizations.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 1 month ago

Another issue that the petulant facist republicans in Kansas have dreamed up.

You loast!!!! You lost!!!! Do you not understand, you LOST the election. People are sick and tired of the constant idiocy of the facist terrorist Republicans!!!!

YOU LOST!!!!!!! LIVE WITH IT!!!!!!!!

Peacemaker452 5 years, 1 month ago

This article is about actions being taken in state government, not federal. I’m pretty sure that the Republican Party won a pretty strong majority in the state of Kansas:

“They won!!!! They won!!!!..... LIVE WITH IT!!!!!!!”

Liberty275 5 years, 1 month ago

It's a little weird seeing the left complain that the government might lose a means of spying on it's citizens. It's like bizarro world.

Peacemaker452 5 years, 1 month ago

I think that as much as the left likes to babble about the right no longer being true conservatives, they have been taken over by “progressives” and are losing their true liberal point of view. Their favorite government programs are much more important to them than individual liberty. You would think by now they would realize that every government program comes with unintended consequences that will almost always create less freedom and opportunity; or maybe they do and they are OK with that.

UneasyRider 5 years, 1 month ago

And that fact just proves average Kansan is a nutcase.

Peacemaker452 5 years, 1 month ago

So someone is a nutcase if they don’t agree with you?

Is that what you are saying?

UneasyRider 5 years, 1 month ago

No, just the ones who blindly vote straight R since their daddy, granddaddy, great-granddaddy, so on always did. In other words they don't think for themselves or vote their best interests.

Peacemaker452 5 years, 1 month ago

And the D's do any better?

I try to vote for those I think will uphold their duty to the state and federal constitutions, not for those who will give me the most in my "best interests".

UneasyRider 5 years, 1 month ago

Next bill to be introduced will be to replace Ad Astra statue with one of Brownback with middle figure raised high.

voevoda 5 years, 1 month ago

How can the State Legislature ban lobbying for restrictions on gun ownership, while not simultaneously banning lobbying against restrictions on gun ownership? The same Constitutional principals of free speech would need to apply in both cases.

Of course, such legislation is a tacit admission by the NRA and its cronies in the State Legislature that lobbying for restrictions on gun ownership is very likely to be persuasive. Otherwise, why go to such lengths, even to the point of enacting restrictions on the First Amendment, in order to keep their fellow legislators from even hearing arguments contrary to their own.

Peacemaker452 5 years, 1 month ago

Why do you insist on being intentionally misleading?

The bill does nothing to restrict lobbying for or against victim disarmament. In prevents the use of public money for this lobbying.

But you knew that, you just don’t care.

Kevin Haislip 5 years, 1 month ago

brownback has made kansas a joke . gone are the jobs . gone are the schools. we are the joke.

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