Politics

Kansas Senate panel approves bill to revive KCK racing park
11:59 a.m., May 13, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill aimed at reviving a dog and horse racing complex in Kansas City, Kansas, with slot machines.
Proposal to raise sales tax clears Kansas House panel
10:53 a.m., May 13, 2015 Updated 10:36 p.m.
A proposal to address the state budget shortfall by raising the sales tax and eliminating some income tax deductions cleared a Kansas House panel Wednesday, but some lawmakers said it wouldn’t leave enough money for contingencies.
Kansas officials urge schools to teach financial literacy
09:36 a.m., May 13, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
The chairmen of the Kansas House Education Committee and the State Board of Education are urging local school districts to teach financial literacy.
Kansas lawmakers gravitate toward raising state’s sales tax
10:20 a.m., May 12, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature gravitated Tuesday toward proposals that would increase the state’s sales tax to help eliminate a projected budget deficit but also considered lowering the tax on food.
Time running out for Uber compromise, Kansas senator says
04:14 p.m., May 11, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
A Kansas state senator says time is running out for ride-hailing company Uber to come to a compromise with the Legislature over regulations.
Kansas House panel considers tweaks to pension rules
02:40 p.m., May 11, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
A Kansas House panel is considering limiting how much government employees would be able to boost their pension benefits by accumulating unused vacation days.
Kansas lawmakers must finish this week to avoid overtime
May 11, 2015
Kansas legislators must wrap up their business for the year within a week to avoid having their annual 90-day session go into overtime.
Kansas House panel passes bill to end business tax break
08:55 a.m., May 11, 2015 Updated 08:41 a.m.
Kansas would repeal tax break championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback under a bill that cleared a legislative committee Monday with bipartisan support, as members worked on a package of tax increases to erase a projected budget deficit.
School funding lawsuit could set stage for constitutional showdown
May 10, 2015
Sometime in the next few weeks, or perhaps months, three judges will issue a ruling that could set the stage for constitutional showdown between the Kansas Legislature and the judiciary.
Kansas’ broad marijuana bill attracts bulk of GOP votes
May 10, 2015
Supporters of a broad bill that would ease marijuana laws wending its way through the Kansas Legislature claim it’s a narrow enough set of reforms that conservative Republicans can vote for and demonstrates a shift in the long-running discussion.
Kansas bill requiring university prospectuses stalls
03:19 p.m., May 8, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
A bill that would have required some Kansas universities to publicize information on their graduates’ average salaries, student loan debt and employment has stalled in a House committee.
Attorney: Kansas need not have best school funding system
08:45 a.m., May 8, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Kansas is not required by its constitution to have a perfect education funding system or the nation’s best, an attorney for the state told a district court panel Friday as it considered whether to block the state’s new school finance law.
Kansas House passes bill on marijuana penalties, medical use
11:03 p.m., May 7, 2015 Updated 08:42 a.m.
The Kansas House passed a bill Thursday that would decrease penalties for marijuana possession, allow the limited production and sale of hemp oil and study uses for industrial hemp.
Kansas House passes bill legalizing fantasy sports
09:14 a.m., May 7, 2015 Updated 08:41 a.m.
Fantasy sports would be declared a game of skill in Kansas so they wouldn’t be illegal under a measure that won final legislative approval Thursday.
KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars
09:12 a.m., May 7, 2015 Updated 10:54 p.m.
The superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., school district told a three-judge panel Thursday that funding cuts enacted this year, coupled with a budget freeze for the next two years, are forcing her district to cancel projects and reduce services to some of the state’s neediest students.