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A look behind Kansas legislature headlines.

Will Lawrence residents have to pay for KU's maintenance?

9 April 2007

Scott Rothschild and Gena Terlizzi join Joel Mathis to discuss House Speaker Melvin Neufeld's proposal to charge local communities more for Regents university maintenance. Plus: What's going on in health care?

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Reggie Robinson talks about who pays for the state's crumbling classrooms

2 April 2007

Douglas County residents could face a tax increase to pay for repairs at Kansas University under a plan proposed by House Republican leaders Wednesday. The bill would also increase tuition for non-resident students and prohibit schools, such as KU, from dedicating portions of tuition increases to providing student financial aid. Reggie Robinson, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, talks with Joel Mathis about the proposal.

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Is it gambling's time?

26 March 2007

Statehouse reporters Scott Rothschild and Gena Terlizzi discuss whether gambling can finally win approval from the Kansas Legislature. They also hit on other hot-button topics facing state government.

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Waiting on the budget

19 March 2007

Journal-World Statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild tells us why the state budget is taking longer this year to come to fruition -- and what that means to you

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Who is Lance Kinzer?

5 March 2007

In this episode of the Capitol Report, we discuss Rep. Lance Kinzer - the Republican who wants to ban a proposed domestic registry in Lawrence, eliminate obscenity protections for K-12 teachers and get rid of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. Plus, Sen. Pat Apple talks about his proposal to give senior citizens a property tax break.

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The midpoint of the 2007 legislative session

26 February 2007

Scott Rothschild and Gena Terlizzi take stock of the 2007 Kansas Legislature at the midpoint, highlighting bills that are still alive, those that are dead -- and what it all means for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' future political ambitions.

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No more bullies?

19 February 2007

Gina McDonald of the Kansas Children's Service League comes on the podcast to explain why the state must pass anti-bullying legislation. Plus: Scott Rothschild and Gena Terlizzi give their overview of the Legislative session.

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Something more than a slap on the wrist

12 February 2007

Sen. Phil Journey talks about his efforts to immunize Kansas schools against lawsuits over spankings. Plus: Scott Rothschild and Gena Terlizzi wrap up the week at the Kansas Statehouse.

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No more smoke-filled rooms in Kansas

5 February 2007

Sen. Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, explains his provision to allow counties to opt out of a statewide smoking ban and then to allow voters to decide the issue would give the public more time to consider the issue. Plus, Scott Rothschild and Gena Terlizzi discuss the week's news.

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Methamphetamine registry?

29 January 2007

State Sen. John Vratil describes a proposal to make methamphetamine convicts register like sex offenders. Plus, Scott Rothschild and Gena Terlizzi talk about the latest news from the Statehouse

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