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Kansas government

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.
Lawmaker challenges legality of Brownback’s budget proposal for Kansas judiciary
06:02 p.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
A Democratic lawmaker says Gov. Sam Brownback may have violated state law by cutting more than $50 million over the next two years from the budget request of the Kansas judiciary. Rep. John Carmichael, of Wichita, is asking Attorney General Derek Schmidt for a formal legal opinion. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House rejects bill limiting teacher negotiations; passes compromise alternative
04:46 p.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
The Kansas House rejected a bill Wednesday that would have eliminated the exclusive right of teachers unions to negotiate contracts with school districts. Instead, it advanced a bill reflecting a compromise worked out between the state’s major education groups over what issues should be negotiated between teachers and school districts. By Peter Hancock
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.

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