State Government

Republicans in Kansas Legislature revive tax relief legislation

TOPEKA — Republican legislators in Kansas revived tax relief legislation Thursday night without assurances that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly would accept a new, smaller plan for helping individuals and businesses who are paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax ...

Kansas conservatives put off fight to overturn abortion-rights ruling

TOPEKA — Abortion opponents are waiting until next year to try to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, signaling they may not have enough support yet to push the necessary state constitutional amendment through the Legislature. Top Republicans in the ...

Kansas House fails on second attempt to override governor’s veto of abortion bill

TOPEKA — The Kansas House has voted again to uphold Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a bill requiring abortion providers to tell patients that a medication abortion can be stopped once it has been started. The vote Thursday in the Republican-controlled House was 83-41 to reconsider a vote ...

Kansas lawmakers approve bill saying child not ‘aggressor’ in abuse cases

Story updated at 3:22 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A bill approved by the Kansas Legislature is designed to prevent judges from lowering sentences for child sex offenders if they think the victims were willing participants in the crime. The Kansas Senate on Wednesday approved the bill, which was ...

April health code inspections: 6 found out of compliance

Several organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in April. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you ...

Kansas collected $81M more in taxes than expected in April

TOPEKA — Kansas is reporting that it collected $81 million more in taxes in April than anticipated even after officials issued a more optimistic fiscal forecast during the month. The state Department of Revenue's report Wednesday came as Republican legislators attempted to revive a tax ...

Kansas lawmaker calls for hearing on anti-discrimination bill before session ends

As the Kansas Legislature returned to the Statehouse to begin its veto session on Wednesday, an openly gay lawmaker called on his colleagues to begin working on a bill that would protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination. Rep. Brandon Woodard, D-Lenexa, who is one of two openly LGBTQ ...

Kansas lawmakers fail to override governor’s abortion ‘reversal’ veto

Story updated at 4:31 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Republican lawmakers in Kansas narrowly failed Wednesday to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a bill requiring abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after it's been started. It ...

Kansas governor seeking more money for prisons

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is seeking $35 million to improve corrections officer salaries and inmate health care and to transfer inmates out of overcrowded state prisons. Kelly on Tuesday submitted an amended budget proposal for the spending year that begins July 1 for lawmakers to ...

Medicaid expansion backers in Kansas may hold budget hostage

Story updated at 8:33 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Advocates for expanding Medicaid in Kansas are looking to block passage of the state's next annual budget to force an expansion plan through the Republican-controlled Legislature over conservative leaders' objections. Legislators reconvened ...

Kansas governor nominates Lawrence attorney as appeals court judge amid lawsuit

Story updated at 12:43 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas' governor nominated a new judge Tuesday to the state's second-highest court, despite a lawsuit over whether she has the authority to fill the vacancy after withdrawing her first nominee over his past political tweets. Democratic Gov. Laura ...

Study: Kansas juvenile arrests drop as changes get underway

TOPEKA — Fewer juveniles have been arrested and held in the Kansas juvenile justice system while the state has been investing in alternatives to incarceration, according to a recent study. The Pew Charitable Trusts found that the number of juvenile arrests in Kansas fell by 29% between 2015 ...

Kansas Supreme Court upholds abortion rights in state constitution

Story updated at 3:27 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Kansas' highest court declared for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights, a sweeping ruling that blocks a ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies and endangers other restrictions as ...

Kansas Supreme Court to rule on abortion rights protections

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether the state constitution protects abortion rights. The court announced that it would issue a decision Friday in a lawsuit filed by two abortion providers in 2015 against a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester ...

Data: Many drop out of Kansas domestic violence programs

TOPEKA — Roughly half of the participants in Kansas' certified intervention programs designed to break cycles of domestic violence dropped out last year, according to the state attorney general's office. The office found that 2,404 people participated in domestic violence intervention ...

Kansas governor, GOP leaders can’t break Medicaid stalemate

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and top Republican legislators met Wednesday to try to break a stalemate on expanding Medicaid in Kansas, only to fail after she demanded that lawmakers approve a plan this year and the GOP leaders insisted on waiting until next year. Kelly set aside four ...

Kansas insurance commissioner earns KU pharmacy award

A statewide elected official earned the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy’s highest honor, the university announced on Wednesday. Vicki Schmidt, the Kansas insurance commissioner, was awarded the school’s Distinguished Service Award, which aims to honor individuals who have ...

Kansas shuts down name-and-shame site that caught only 1 child support evader

TOPEKA — A Kansas government website designed to nab child support evaders has been taken down after it caught only one man in a year. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Department for Children and Families spokesman Mike Deines says the Child Support Evaders website "had little to no ...

Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes mandate on abortion ‘reversal’

TOPEKA — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a measure that would require clinics and doctors to tell their patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after a woman has taken the first of two pills. The action by Gov. Laura Kelly, an abortion-rights ...