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Kansas Supreme Court sets deadline for school finance motions
09:48 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Plaintiffs in the ongoing school finance lawsuit have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file a motion stating whether they want the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the latest lower court order, or if they want the case to stay in the hands of a three-judge panel which has been asked to reconsider its last decision. By Peter Hancock
Jenkins supports Israeli prime minister’s controversial speech to Congress
06:51 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress has ignited controversy in Washington, and in Jewish communities throughout the United States, including Lawrence. But U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins says she looks forward to his appearance Tuesday and does not think it’s a violation of protocol. By Peter Hancock
Kansas congressional delegation splits over Homeland Security funding
05:43 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
All four U.S. House members from Kansas supported a bill Friday that kept the U.S. Department of Homeland Security open for another week, but both of the state’s U.S. senators opposed it. The battle between Republican-controlled Congress and Democratic President Barack Obama centers on the president’s executive orders on immigration policy. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers to focus on resolving budget, tax issues
04:02 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
Kansas legislators have their own form of March Madness, when they focus on building the next state budget after their annual session has cleared its midpoint.
Kansas Senate panel to have hearing on appeals court nominee
09:53 a.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:31 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee is having a hearing this week on Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointment of a new judge to the state Court of Appeals.
Analysis: Moderates flex muscle in first half of 2015 Kansas Legislative session
March 1, 2015
There was plenty of conservative legislation in the first half of the 2015 session, on issues dealing with gun rights, abortion and sex education. But in the final days before the “turnaround” deadline, moderates began showing strength on issues including teacher contract negotiations, municipal elections and even the possibility of Medicaid expansion. By Peter Hancock
Kansas legislators take break until Wednesday
February 28, 2015
Kansas legislators are on break until Wednesday. State lawmakers usually take several days off after the “turnaround” deadline that passed Friday. Most bills that have not been approved by their chamber of origin were discarded after the Friday deadline.
Brownback touts economic growth for rise in February revenue
06:40 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:38 p.m.
Kansas collected $22 million more in taxes than expected this month, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and a top aide said Friday that it’s a sign of economic growth. Even with the unanticipated windfall for the month reported by the state Department of Revenue, the state’s tax collections for the past eight months are running slightly behind expectations. Also, it doesn’t solve the state’s budget problems, with a shortfall projected at nearly $600 million for the fiscal year beginning in July before the latest report.
Lawrence attorney disciplined for misconduct
01:26 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
A Lawrence attorney was placed on three years of disciplinary probation Friday for making derogatory comments to a prosecutor during a DUI trial in 2013, then making false statements during his disciplinary proceeding. By Peter Hancock
New report on Kansas taxes to figure into debate on budget
February 27, 2015
Kansas legislators hope the state is collecting as much in taxes this month as expected or a little more, though they acknowledge a month of stable revenues won’t make closing a projected budget shortfall much easier.
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.

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