Kansas government

Commission candidates draw distinctions among themselves in development forum
05:34 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
With two weeks to go before Election Day, Lawrence City Commission candidates sharpened their messages about growth and development at a Tuesday forum with about 140 homebuilders and real estate agents in attendance. By Chad Lawhorn
New school finance plan draws guarded support
05:19 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
A bill that would phase in a new kind of school finance formula over the next three years drew guarded support from some school districts and surprising interest from some education groups during a legislative committee hearing Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House advances bill on EPA emissions plan
02:47 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
The Kansas House has advanced a bill to set up a greenhouse gas reduction plan.
Kansas Senate approves plan to control mental health drugs
March 24, 2015
The Kansas Senate has approved a new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs in the state’s Medicaid program.
House advances bill to reduce civil service protections
08:35 a.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
A bill that would potentially shrink civil service protections for some employees has advanced in the Kansas House.
Kansas designates Wednesday as Military Appreciation Day
March 24, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed Wednesday as Military Appreciation Day in Kansas.
Senate committee to hear proposal for new school finance formula
05:59 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, has introduced a new school finance formula that would return the state to a per-pupil funding system, but would significantly change the kinds of weightings used to provide additional money for higher-cost students and districts. The panel will hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
New plan to control mental health drugs advances in Kansas
March 23, 2015
A new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs to the Medicaid program in Kansas has advanced in the Legislature.
On fifth anniversary of health care law, no end to debate
March 23, 2015
In five years, the polemic around Obamacare hasn’t cooled much, and the permanence of the president’s achievement remains in question as the nation awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court case that could jeopardize insurance for nearly 8 million people.
Kansas Senate panel reworks budget as support in House erodes
03:10 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee decided to keep a $9.4 million cut to the Kansas University campus in Lawrence, but deletes the transfer of that money to the KU Medical Center campus in Wichita. It also deleted a proposed $2 million increase in student financial aid, but left in a requirement that 75 percent of the remaining aid go to students from private independent colleges. The changes were in response to a growing perception that the House may not have enough votes to pass its own bill. By Peter Hancock
Kansas patrol chief’s appointment endorsed by Senate panel
09:51 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 01:08 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointment of a veteran Kansas Highway Patrol officer as the agency’s superintendent has been endorsed by a state Senate committee.
Federal official criticizes Brownback stance on food stamps
08:40 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 04:51 p.m.
A federal official criticized Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s stance for reforming the federal food stamps program while attending a news conference with the governor on Monday.
Analysis: Kansas GOP lawmakers set up debate on higher taxes
March 22, 2015
Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature are boxing themselves into considering tax increases by drafting proposed budgets in both chambers that don’t balance without them.
School board candidate profile: Shannon Kimball
March 22, 2015
Kimball, 41, is seeking her second term on the Lawrence school board after winning a seat in 2011 and spending this school year as the board’s president.
School board candidate profile: Jessica Beeson
March 22, 2015
Jessica Beeson, the director of alumni and community engagement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to the Lawrence school board April 7.