Kansas government

2 Kansas lawmakers push outlawing ‘revenge porn’
08:32 a.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Two Kansas lawmakers are pushing similar bills that would make it illegal to post nude photos or videos of a former spouse or significant other on the Internet without permission.
Obama outlines higher education initiatives in State of the Union address
09:39 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
President Barack Obama laid out several proposals Tuesday night to make higher education more affordable to lower and middle-income families. He will be in Lawrence on Thursday to drum up public support for those ideas during an 11:20 a.m. speech at Anschutz Sports Pavilion on the Kansas University campus. By Peter Hancock
Democrats still studying Brownback’s budget plan
06:37 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Four days after Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his budget plan for the next two years, Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature still have not issued a formal response. But some rank-and-file members, as well as some Republicans, say parts of the plan could be a tough sell this year. By Peter Hancock
Lawmakers concerned about costs of proposed Clean Power Plan
05:46 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The Obama administration is proposing new clean air regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. But state utility regulators told a legislative committee Tuesday that the result could be huge rate increases for consumers, prompting some lawmakers to consider challenging the proposed new rules in court. By Peter Hancock
Man convicted in beer-bottle death free from prison pending appeal
05:33 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 23-year-old Mission man sentenced in August to 32 months in prison after a Douglas County jury convicted him in June of involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Nicholas Sardina is free on a $50,000 appeal bond.
Kansas governor’s pension plans would boost long-term costs
01:51 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Kansas legislators have learned that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals for reducing the state’s annual payments for public pensions would increase long-term costs by $3.7 billion.
Thousands in Lawrence brave lines for ‘golden ticket’ to Obama’s speech
11:28 a.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
For admission to what several described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, thousands of Kansas University students got up early and stood in line a long time. “He’s the president,” said law student Brian Vanorsby, who arrived at 4 a.m. and was second in line. “I can say I was in the same room as him — a big room, but the same nonetheless.” Free-but-limited tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech at KU, set for Thursday morning at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, were made available starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas program to help pay utility bills offered
January 20, 2015
A government program that helps people pay winter utility bills will begin taking applications this week.
Earthquakes strike in southern Kansas again
05:07 p.m., January 19, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
South-central Kansas and northern Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday experienced the second batch of manmade earthquakes in four days with magnitudes reaching as high as 3.9 and 4.1.
Kansas bill to require body cameras gets support, raises questions
02:06 p.m., January 19, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
Legislation requiring Kansas law enforcement officers to be equipped with body cameras has gained bipartisan support in the first days of the new session, but questions about costs have raised some concerns.
Douglas County Democrats gearing up for tax fight
01:56 p.m., January 19, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
Several Douglas County Democrats gathered at a bar Sunday night in North Lawrence to gear up for legislative battles over Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal. But the Democratic caucus in the Legislature still has not articulated a response to the proposed budget. By Peter Hancock
President Obama to speak Thursday morning at KU; tickets available Tuesday
11:48 a.m., January 19, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s visit to Kansas University will be highlighted by public remarks Thursday at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, the White House announced Monday.
Kansas lawmakers and lobbyists go to work on budget, school funding, Medicaid and more
January 18, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback outlined his budget proposals Friday. Now, negotiations begin in the House and Senate, where key committees will begin holding hearings on Tuesday. The process typically takes through the end of the session in May. Meanwhile, there are many other non-budget issues on the table. By Peter Hancock
Kansas quakes likely caused by disposal of saltwater that results from oil and gas fracking process
January 17, 2015
Kansas officials have been reluctant to link the mysterious earthquakes in south central Kansas to fracking, but last week they said for the first time that the temblors are likely caused by disposal of the waste water that is a byproduct of the oil and gas extraction process. “We can say there is a strong coalition between the disposal of saltwater and the earthquakes,” Rick Miller, geophysicist and senior scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey, told the Journal-World. It’s the first time state officials have so clearly stated the likely cause of the earthquakes, which are afflicting a region where fracking is widely used. By Karen Dillon
KU cites $3.9M for law enforcement training center as a top legislative priority
January 17, 2015
Kansas University hopes the Legislature will find another $3.9 million a year to offset lower-than-projected revenue for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, which the university runs in western Kansas as part of its continuing education program. With the state facing a massive budget shortfall this year, that’s a tall order. But KU and center leaders say not getting the money could put the center at risk for defaulting on bond payments and force “catastrophic program and personnel cuts.” By Sara Shepherd