Politics

Kansas to allow concealed carrying of guns without permit
April 1, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback plans to sign a bill allowing Kansas residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
Kansas legislators reach budget deal that spares KU, KSU from cuts
01:06 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:52 p.m.
House and Senate negotiators reached a budget agreement Wednesday that would spare Kansas University and Kansas State University from significant cuts that the Senate had proposed. But Regents universities would not be allowed to raise tuition for two years, and private independent colleges would get 60 percent of the state-funded student financial aid. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House approves bill to authorize $1B in pension bonds
12:32 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
The Kansas House has narrowly approved a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster the short-term financial health of the pension system for teachers and government workers.
Insurance companies say 2014 exchange members older, sicker
08:38 a.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:30 a.m.
Two companies that sell health insurance on the Kansas exchange say people who signed up last year tended to be older and sicker than they had anticipated.
City hears that police HQ project could delay street projects, reduce parks and rec funding
09:31 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
If Lawrence voters want to build a new police headquarters without raising taxes, they may have to live with less spending for parks and recreation and the delay of several major road projects, according to a new plan put together by City Hall leaders. By Chad Lawhorn
Bill would end property tax exemptions for pipelines
06:02 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would sunset a 2006 law that gives 10-year property tax exemptions for oil and gas pipelines. That law was spearheaded by former Rep. Carl Holmes, R-Liberal, to benefit the Keystone XL pipeline that runs through Kansas. But some believe the bill to repeal it could become a vehicle for amendments aimed at filling the state’s estimated $600 million budget gap. By Peter Hancock
Kansas City Democrat target of GOP complaint for remarks on immigrant tuition measure
04:56 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Nine Republicans on the House Education Committee have filed a formal complaint against Democratic Rep. Valdenia Winn, of Kansas City, alleging that she accused them of being racist. The comments came during debate on a bill to repeal in-state tuition for Kansas residents who are undocumented immigrants. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate panel approves bill to overhaul civil service
03:35 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill that could shrink the state’s civil service system and lessen job protections for government employees.
City Commission candidates debate downtown parking issues at forum
03:07 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
Improving the availability of parking in downtown Lawrence is likely on the to-do list of the next City Commission, but candidates on Tuesday weren’t of the same mind on how to get the job done. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas lawmakers agree on plan to issue $1B in pension bonds
11:57 a.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Legislative negotiators in Kansas have agreed on a proposal to authorize $1 billion in bonds to bolster the short-term financial health of the state’s pension system for teachers and government workers.
Report: Kansas tax collections $11M less than expected in March
08:44 a.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Kansas says it collected $11 million less in taxes than anticipated this month.
Kansas Senate panel considers expanding liquor licenses
08:43 a.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Kansas counties would be allowed to expand liquor licenses under a bill being discussed by a state Senate panel.
City Commission candidates debate health, wellness issues
09:17 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
A Lawrence City Commission candidate forum on health and wellness issues Monday produced a variety of ideas, including a candidate who said he thinks the community could benefit from a lower drinking age. By Chad Lawhorn
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery offers insight into relationship between U.S., Iran
07:53 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:43 p.m.
Former U.S. Representative Jim Slattery, D-Kansas, spoke Monday afternoon at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Dr., on the United States’ relations with Iran, the countrys’ histories and current nuclear negotiations.
Religious freedom bill stirs controversy in Kansas Statehouse
02:00 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:43 p.m.
Kansas lawmakers are debating a “religious freedom” bill at the same time Indiana is feeling a backlash of protest against a related bill signed into law there. Supporters of the Kansas bill say it is much narrower and only applies to religious student groups on college campuses that restrict their membership to those who share their beliefs. Critics say it could sanction much broader forms of discrimination. By Peter Hancock