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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Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, speaks with reporters immediately after the Senate voted 22-18 to send a tax bill to Gov. Sam Brownback that reverses some of the tax cuts he championed in 2012.

Kansas House members watch a tote board in the front of the chamber as votes are recorded on a $1 billion tax bill that reverses many of the cuts Gov. Sam Brownback championed in 2012. The bill passed, 76-48, and now goes to the Senate.

Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, explains during a committee hearing Tuesday his support for a bill that would allow public hospitals, nursing homes and mental health facilities to ban concealed weapons in those buildings.

From left, Reps. Blaine Finch, John Whitmer, John Carmichael and Fred Patton confer on the House floor about language in a bill that would limit public access to many records about complaints and disciplinary actions involving law enforcement officers.

Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, talks with Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, after the Senate abruptly called off debate on a package of spending cuts and tax hikes aimed at closing a projected $350 million budget deficit.

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