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Bill would end property tax exemptions for pipelines
06:02 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would sunset a 2006 law that gives 10-year property tax exemptions for oil and gas pipelines. That law was spearheaded by former Rep. Carl Holmes, R-Liberal, to benefit the Keystone XL pipeline that runs through Kansas. But some believe the bill to repeal it could become a vehicle for amendments aimed at filling the state’s estimated $600 million budget gap. By Peter Hancock
New Kansas bill would allow counties to vote on liquor sales
March 27, 2015
A Kansas bill introduced Wednesday would allow a county’s voters to decide if their grocery stores can sell liquor, wine and spirits; and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer.
Bill would create organic-type labels for non-modified foods
March 25, 2015
Inspired by the popular “USDA organic” label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.
New bill would end state’s Teacher of the Year Program
March 12, 2015
Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal to replace the Teacher of the Year program with a cash awards system.
Bill would prohibit public agencies and schools in Kansas from collecting union dues
11:08 a.m., March 12, 2015 Updated 10:53 p.m.
Business groups are urging Kansas lawmakers to pass a bill that would prohibit state and local government agencies, including school districts, from using their payroll systems to collect union dues. Officials from several public employee unions told the Senate Commerce Committee that such a move would be unfair because they pay a fee for the convenience of having dues withheld from their members’ paychecks, just as the United Way and many nonprofit organizations do. By Peter Hancock
Kansas bill would require parental consent for sex education
04:34 p.m., February 17, 2015 Updated 10:02 p.m.
Schools would be barred from giving sex education lessons to students without their parents’ consent under a bill discussed Tuesday by the Kansas House Education Committee.
Kansas bill would keep fantasy sports legal amid dispute
11:48 a.m., February 16, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
Fantasy sports leagues would be legal in Kansas even though the state’s gambling commission thinks otherwise under a bill proposed by a state lawmaker who would classify them as a game of skill rather than a lottery.
Kansas bill would impact titles used in newspaper opinion pieces
08:16 a.m., February 6, 2015 Updated 10:11 a.m.
A bill before the Kansas House would prohibit employees of Kansas universities and colleges from using their official job titles on any opinion pieces or letters-to-the-editor published in newspapers, with some exceptions.
Senate bill would negate Lawrence school district’s recent budget increase
February 3, 2015
Voters in the Lawrence school district recently approved keeping a higher property tax rate that generates an additional $1.4 million for local schools. But the Kansas Senate is considering a bill that would change the school finance system that would cut state funding to Lawrence by $1.3 million, starting in the current budget year. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate bill would negate $1.4 million for schools OK’d by Lawrence voters
02:06 p.m., February 3, 2015 Updated 06:51 p.m.
The increased school funding that voters in the Lawrence school district approved last month would be effectively wiped out under a bill now working its way through the Kansas Senate. By Peter Hancock
Bill would let home-school students in public school groups
09:52 a.m., February 2, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
A Kansas Senate education committee will hear testimony on a proposal to allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports and activities, the committee’s chairman said.
Kansas bill would protect public comments from civil lawsuits
07:37 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
Kansans would have more protection from civil lawsuits over public comments they make about public issues under a bill being considered in the Kansas House.
Senate bill would repeal Common Core standards
04:38 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:31 p.m.
A Senate bill would repeal many of the new academic standards adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education and would make future standards merely advisory for local school districts. By Peter Hancock
Kansas bill would ban use of carbon monoxide to euthanize animals
January 27, 2015
A Kansas House committee is considering a bill that would ban the use of carbon monoxide to euthanize animals.
Bill would increase statewide property tax to provide money for educational buildings
January 15, 2015
A House committee chaired by Lawrence Republican Tom Sloan introduced a bill Wednesday that would provide up to $100 million a year in additional money for colleges and universities in Kansas to upgrade and maintain their buildings and infrastructure. By Peter Hancock