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Brownback praises Kansas House school funding plan
April 4, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback says a school funding bill before the Kansas House is a good plan for meeting a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.
Kansas House blocks Wichita gambling measure
April 4, 2014
Kansas House members have rejected a proposal that would prohibit slot machines at a closed dog-racing track outside Wichita, even though residents voted in 2007 against having them at the south-central facility.
Social media policy group mulling likely reaction from regents
April 4, 2014
The work group reviewing the Kansas Board of Regents controversial policy on social media has put the final touches on a recommendation for a replacement policy. The group has dropped the disciplinary language of the current policy and will instead ask the regents to replace it with an advisory policy. Some worry the new policy is too far from the original, though campus reactions have been largely positive. By Ben Unglesbee
School finance update: House panel advances “clean” bill; Senate conservatives add more amendments
April 4, 2014
The House budget committee advanced a school finance bill with full funding for “equalization” aid to poor districts, and few cuts to other education spending. But conservatives in the Senate advanced a bill that would defund Common Core standards and testing, provide corporate tax credits for private school scholarships and eliminate teacher tenure. By Scott Rothschild and Peter Hancock
Senate votes to defund Common Core standards
April 3, 2014
The Kansas Senate voted 27-12 Thursday to prohibit the state or any school districts to spend money implementing the Common Core standards in reading and math. The amendment was added onto a school finance bill that contains money to comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling about equity in school funding. By Peter Hancock and Scott Rothschild
Kansas lawmakers avoiding big abortion debate
April 3, 2014
Top Republican legislators are blocking a debate in Kansas on banning most abortions early in pregnancy while engineering passage of a bill to make technical changes in anti-abortion laws.
House panel debates bill to sell office buildings
April 3, 2014
The Kansas House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote Friday on a bill that would bill that would authorize sale of four Topeka state government buildings and possibly result in the demolition of the Docking high-rise across the street from the statehouse.
Wichita clinic says it provided 1,200 abortions
April 3, 2014
The Wichita clinic opened after the slaying of abortion provider George Tiller has provided about 1,200 abortions in its first year of operations. South Wind Women’s Center said it served about 1,500 patients for reproductive care, including abortions up to 14 weeks.
Kansas lawmakers postpone business for funeral
April 3, 2014
Kansas legislators delayed the start of their work Thursday so that dozens of lawmakers could attend the funeral of a House member’s wife.
Kansas Senate approves insurance for autism
09:52 a.m., April 3, 2014 Updated 10:26 a.m.
A bill that would require insurance coverage for children under the age of 12 with autism has been sent to Gov. Sam Brownback.
Finance bills would complicate Lawrence’s bond construction plans
April 2, 2014
School finance bills now pending in the Kansas House and Senate would eliminate money the Lawrence district was counting on to help pay for and equip new facilities being financed with the recent $92.5 million bond issue. The bills would also force cutbacks for Lawrence’s two virtual schools. By Peter Hancock
KU health education building addressed in budget proposals
April 2, 2014
Public school finance bills that have emerged from House and Senate budget committees include major higher education funding pieces. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Senate passes bill voiding local gun rules
03:09 p.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 03:56 p.m.
A proposal to strip Kansas cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances is on track to clear the state Legislature quickly after the Senate approved it Wednesday. Senators approved the gun-rights bill, 34-2, sending it to the House. Supporters planned to engineer a vote in the House by the end of the week, so that the measure could go to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas files lawsuit against federal designation of lesser prairie chicken
11:13 a.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 05:53 p.m.
Kansas has officially joined a lawsuit that challenges federal designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a species in need of protection, the state attorney general’s office announced Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas joins Oklahoma in lawsuit on wildlife regulation
April 2, 2014
Kansas has joined Oklahoma in a lawsuit challenging the process used by the federal government to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.

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