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New report on Kansas taxes to figure into debate on budget
February 27, 2015
Kansas legislators hope the state is collecting as much in taxes this month as expected or a little more, though they acknowledge a month of stable revenues won’t make closing a projected budget shortfall much easier.
Kansas Senate passes bill that would move local elections to November
05:31 p.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:57 p.m.
The Kansas Senate narrowly passed a bill Thursday that would move municipal and school board elections to November of odd-numbered years, and those elections would remain nonpartisan.
Kansas House passes drunk driving laws
February 26, 2015
The Kansas House has approved two bills changing the state’s penalties for driving under the influence.
Kansas senators question governor’s rural opportunity plan
February 26, 2015
Kansas senators have expressed skepticism over the usefulness of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Rural Opportunity Zones program.
Kansas Senate advances plan to issue $1B in pension bonds
February 26, 2015
The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a proposal described by supporters as refinancing part of the long-term debt facing the pension system for teachers and government workers.
Kansas House delays vote on bill easing marijuana penalties
11:34 a.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Kansas lawmakers are delaying action on a bill that would reduce sentences for the first two marijuana possession offenses.
Kansas House, Senate pass teacher collective bargaining compromise
11:26 a.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
The Kansas House and Senate passed nearly identical bills Thursday dealing with contract negotiations between school districts and teachers unions.
Kansas Senate approves concealed carry of guns without training or permit
February 26, 2015
The Kansas Senate has approved a bill to allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit or take training classes.
Proposal to hike ag land taxes spawns backlash from Kansas farmers
09:13 a.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
A suburban lawmaker’s proposal that would dramatically increase property taxes on Kansas agricultural land has spawned strong rural backlash and nagging fears that pieces of it will pop up in legislation to close a state budget shortfall.
School board candidates discuss budget cuts, Common Core at forum
February 25, 2015
The four candidates competing for a two-year term on the Lawrence school board found little to argue about Wednesday night when they gathered to outline their positions on various issues.
Kansas moving toward allowing concealed guns without permit
12:29 p.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
The Kansas Senate is expected to approve a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit or take training classes.
Bill limiting candidate withdrawals advances in Kansas House
11:22 a.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
House Bill 2104 is a response to the controversy last year when Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew from the U.S. Senate race against Republican Pat Roberts. It would prohibit candidates withdrawing from a race after June 1 of the election year unless the candidate dies. It would also require parties to replace candidates on the ballot if there is a vacancy. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers consider cutting funding for Parents as Teachers
08:53 a.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 09:23 a.m.
A Kansas House committee has recommended cutting all funding for the Parents as Teachers program, which would end the program.
Kansas anti-strip club bill does not advance before deadline
08:50 a.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 12:23 p.m.
A bill that would heavily restrict sexually oriented businesses did not advance as Kansas lawmakers face key deadlines.
KU taking piecemeal approach to $4.8 million budget cuts for current fiscal year
06:08 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Responding to statewide spending cuts announced earlier this month by Gov. Sam Brownback, needed to close a budget gap created by lower-than-projected state revenue, KU leaders are discussing how to trim $2.7 million from the Lawrence campus budget and $2.1 from KU Medical Center for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

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