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Kansas government

School finance bills include major higher ed provisions
April 1, 2014
House and Senate budget-writing committees late Tuesday included major higher education funding pieces as they worked on school finance. By Scott Rothschild
House panel approves another proposal to try to block federal government in protection of lesser prairie chicken
April 1, 2014
Federal listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species continued to ruffle the feathers of some Kansas legislators. By Scott Rothschild
Measure advances that could put Kansas Legislature in charge of federal health care programs
April 1, 2014
Kansas legislators could be in charge of Medicare and other federally funded health care programs in the state under legislation approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Senate advances bill voiding local gun rules
12:30 p.m., April 1, 2014 Updated 03:33 p.m.
Cities and counties would no longer be able to regulate firearms in their communities — such as restricting the open carry of a firearm— under a bill advanced Tuesday by the Kansas Senate.
Senate advances bill stripping locals of authority in regulating firearms
April 1, 2014
Cities and counties would no longer be able to regulate firearms in their communities — such as restricting the open carry of a a firearm— under a bill advanced Tuesday by the Kansas Senate. By Scott Rothschild
Bill to repeal state’s endangered species act is stricken
March 31, 2014
A bill to repeal the state’s endangered species act has been killed for the 2014 legislative session.
Democratic strategist to give 2014 Dole Lecture
March 31, 2014
Democratic political strategist Al From will give the 2014 Dole Lecture on Sunday, May 4.
House GOP school finance plan may rely on funds sought by KU
March 31, 2014
To help pay for their school finance plan, House Republican leaders may be considering money that Kansas University has wanted for years to help build a new health education building. By Scott Rothschild
Parents, teachers walk for Kansas schools
March 31, 2014
Despite sore feet and windy weather, five parents and teachers have completed a 60-mile walk from Johnson County to the Statehouse to show support for Kansas public schools.
Brownback signs into law two bills requested by higher education officials
March 31, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law two bills sought by universities.
Kansas House committee chairman resigns amid GOP disputes over school funding
March 31, 2014
The chairman of the House budget committee resigned Monday amid disagreements among Republicans over a school finance bill. Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, resigned his post as the panel opened hearings on a new bill that more closely resembles a bill by Senate Republican leaders. By Peter Hancock
Economic report shows Kansas lagging in numerous categories of growth
01:10 p.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 05:43 p.m.
A report by Gov. Sam Brownback’s Council of Economic Advisors shows that Kansas is lagging the region and nation in numerous economic categories. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas residents rush to meet health care deadline
12:08 p.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 03:10 p.m.
Counselors were dealing with a crush of late requests for help from Kansas consumers trying to navigate the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace on Monday, the deadline for signing up for coverage. But the Republican-dominated Legislature still was looking for ways to resist the 4-year-old federal health care overhaul championed by Democratic President Barack Obama.
Kansas House panel’s leader quits over school bill
10:18 a.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 01:20 p.m.
Rep. Marc Rhoades unexpectedly resigned Monday as chairman of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee in protest over a school funding proposal being negotiated among Republican leaders. Rhoades, a Newton Republican, submitted his resignation to House Speaker Ray Merrick before the start of what was to be two days of hearings on a funding proposal aimed at satisfying a Kansas Supreme Court ruling issued March 7.
Capitol Briefing: Brownback declines to announce position on lesser prairie chicken bill; legislator’s claim prompts groans
March 31, 2014
Brownback declines to state position on lesser prairie chicken bill; Legislators elicits groans on claim of electric rate increases By Scott Rothschild

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