Kansas government

Kansas officials await word on January tax collections
January 30, 2015
Kansas officials are awaiting word on whether state tax collections this month met expectations.
Kansas Republicans hold Kansas Days convention
January 30, 2015
Kansas Republicans are gathering for their biggest convention of the year.
Kansas bill would protect public comments from civil lawsuits
07:37 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
Kansans would have more protection from civil lawsuits over public comments they make about public issues under a bill being considered in the Kansas House.
Man charged with sexual battery in connection with Kansas University dorm room incident
02:24 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A 20-year-old Kansas City man and former Kansas University student was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with an April incident in a KU residence hall.
Kansas House panel eases off plan to delay school aid funds
10:33 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Public schools would have to wait before getting some of the increased aid they were promised last year, and some of that increased aid could actually be cut under bills being considered in the Kansas Legislature. In fact, the Lawrence school district stands to lose $1.3 million this year under one bill being considered in the Senate. If that were carried forward into future years, it would effectively negate the property tax increase that voters in the district approved this week in a mail ballot election. By Peter Hancock
Kansas governor to announce nominee for state appeals court
09:17 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to announce his nominee for an open seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Douglas County man appealing status as violent sexual predator
January 28, 2015
A Douglas County man who has been judged as a violent sexual predator will ask the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday to overturn that conviction. By Peter Hancock
Kobach pushing bills to limit ballot withdrawals and to allow straight-party voting
05:40 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:00 p.m.
Last year’s controversy over Democrat Chad Taylor withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race is prompting Secretary of State Kris Kobach to push for changes in the state’s election laws. He also is pushing for legislation to allow voters to cast straight-party ballots. By Peter Hancock
Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count
January 28, 2015
In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama’s health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.
Kansas lawmakers move to block local gun regulations
12:32 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 10:56 p.m.
Local officials who already are barred from imposing restrictions on gun owners also would be prohibited from imposing special taxes on gun sales under a bill considered Wednesday by Kansas legislators.
With looming cash crisis, GOP leaders see need to fix Kansas budget quickly
10:42 a.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:02 p.m.
Faced with a looming cash-flow crisis, Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is urging lawmakers to move quickly on a bill to revise this year’s budget before the state runs out of cash to fund schools and health care programs.
New two-lane Wakarusa roundabout may be a little confusing at first, but it’s safer, city official says
08:26 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
The Wakarusa roundabout intersecting Inverness and Legends drives has been twisting traffic in the three weeks since its completion. City Engineer David Cronin said that’s the reason roundabouts are preferable to traffic lights or four-way stops: safety. The roundabout’s design keeps speeds low and reduces the number of “conflict points,” or opportunities for collision, thus reducing the likelihood of an injury accident, Cronin said. By Caitlin Doornbos
Senate bill would repeal Common Core standards
04:38 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:31 p.m.
A Senate bill would repeal many of the new academic standards adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education and would make future standards merely advisory for local school districts. By Peter Hancock
Kansas bill targets patent trolls
04:25 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Business and banking groups say their members are being targeted by companies that demand licensing payments based on bogus claims of owning patents or trademarks. A bill being considered in the Senate would prohibit that activity and give the Attorney General authority to seek civil damages against such companies. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House moves to stop wee-hours sessions, bill bundling
03:14 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 05:11 p.m.
Kansas House members moved Tuesday to eliminate post-midnight meetings and make it harder to bundle multiple measures into a single bill, two longstanding practices critics see as causing sloppy lawmaking.