Politics

Kansas House panel cancels meeting on green energy mandate
08:51 a.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 08:40 p.m.
A Kansas House panel has canceled a debate a bill to freeze renewable energy mandates for utility companies.
Kansas lawmakers move to change bargaining, civil service
08:43 a.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 08:42 p.m.
Republican legislators in Kansas were moving ahead Wednesday with bills to shrink the state’s civil service and restrict public employee unions, saying the measures would modernize government and make it operate more like private industry.
School board questionnaire: Jessica Beeson
March 18, 2015
Jessica Beeson, 38, is the director of alumni and community engagement for Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She also works as a lecturer for KU’s leadership studies minor and for the African & African-American Studies Department. She has served on the Elementary Facilities Task Force and the Superintendent’s Advisory Council in past years.
School board questionnaire: Bob Byers
March 18, 2015
Bob Byers, 60, served on the board from 2009 to 2012. He was appointed to the board in June 2014 following the resignation of Keith Diaz Moore. Byers is an administrator for the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
School board questionnaire: Jill Fincher
March 18, 2015
Jill Fincher, 47, is a board member for the Lawrence Schools Foundation, which raises money for the district. She has also served on boards for the Lawrence Public Library, the Ballard Center and several parent-teacher organizations for Lawrence schools. She manages a family business based in British Columbia.
School board questionnaire: Lindsey Frye
March 18, 2015
Lindsey Frye, 34, is a denied medical claims collector for Apria Healthcare in Overland Park. She is also a member of New York Elementary’s parent-teacher association and site council.
School board questionnaire: Ronald “G.R.” Gordon-Ross
March 18, 2015
Ronald “G.R.” Gordon-Ross, 40, is a health care IT professional. He volunteers at Prairie Park Elementary School and served on the district’s Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force, which was charged with studying how to make schools more efficient.
School board questionnaire: Rick Ingram
March 18, 2015
Rick Ingram, 60, was elected to the board in 2011 and spent the 2013-14 school year as its president. He works as a professor of clinical psychology at KU. He also sits on the district’s Boundary Advisory Committee, which recommends changes to school attendance zones.
School board questionnaire: Shannon Kimball
March 18, 2015
Shannon Kimball, 41, was elected to the board in 2011 and currently serves as its president. She works as an attorney with a focus on legal and policy issues relating to public schools.
2015 Lawrence school board election: Final candidate profiles, questionnaires
March 18, 2015
Get ready for the 2015 Lawrence school board general election on April 7 by reading up on the candidates and comparing their answers to a Journal-World questionnaire. Stories by Elliot Hughes
House moves to protect judiciary in budget bill
04:39 p.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A budget bill advanced by a House committee includes funding for the judicial branch. Some lawmakers had wanted to put the judicial budget in a separate bill that could include policy changes affecting the judiciary. By Peter Hancock
House budget includes funding for K-State architecture building
04:00 p.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design is housed in a building that school officials say is dilapidated and obsolete. A budget bill advanced by a House committee would authorize $60 million in bonds to renovate and expand Seaton Hall. But the money to repay those bonds could come at the expense of other state universities that also have long lists of deferred maintenance projects. By Peter Hancock
Supreme Court asked again to review school finance ruling
02:53 p.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is again asking the state Supreme Court to review a three-judge district court panel’s decision that held current funding of public schools unconstitutional. The appeal comes one day after the Legislature passed a bill repealing the current funding formula and replacing it with a system of block grants to schools. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House panel passes budget requiring tax increases
12:17 p.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A House budget panel endorsed a $6.4 billion budget plan Tuesday that doesn’t balance without tax increases.
Kansas closer to allowing concealed carry with no permit
11:52 a.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Kansas gun owners were a step closer Tuesday to being able to carry concealed firearms without obtaining a state permit after a legislative committee approved a bill ending the requirement.