Peter Hancock (Statehouse/politics reporter)

I cover K-12 education. That includes Lawrence USD 497 as well as state policy issues from the legislature and State Board of Education. I am a graduate of the Kansas University with bachelor's degrees in political science and education. Before joining the Journal-World, I published an online news service called the Kansas Education Policy Report. I also spent nine years as the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and worked a couple of years as the spokesman for the (former) Kansas Health Policy Authority. You can follow me on Twitter (@pqhancock) or join our conversation about public schools on the First Bell blog.

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Budget Director Shawn Sullivan, left, and Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave, right, brief the State Finance Council on a proposal to merge the Kansas Bioscience Authority into the Department of Commerce, setting up a planned sale of KBA's assets and investment portfolio.

Mark Johnson, an attorney representing plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the state's proof of citizenship law, tells the Kansas Rules and Regulations Board that a new rule that says an estimated 17,000 voters to cast ballots only in federal races will undermine the integrity of the upcoming primary elections.

Bryan Caskey, director of elections for the Kansas Secretary of State's office, and Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, debate a new regulation that will require some voters in the upcoming elections who have not yet shown proof of U.S. citizenship to cast provisional ballots so they can only vote in federal races.

Rep. Ken Corbet of Topeka, answers questions during a GOP candidates forum Tuesday night sponsored by the Douglas County Republican Party. Rep. Tom Sloan of Lawrence, left, his challenger Jeremy Pierce, and Rep. Connie O'Brien of Tonganoxie, right, were among the other candidates participating.

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Nickerson, far left, speaks to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, while Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, far right, works on drafting an amendment to a Senate resolution, Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Statehouse in Topeka.

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