Scott Rothschild (Statehouse Reporter)

I cover the state Legislature, government and politics.

I have been a reporter in Kansas since 1998, and prior to that covered news in Texas for various papers and later for The Associated Press.

For two of the past three years, I have been awarded first place in beat reporting from Capitolbeat, an association of Statehouse reporters and editors. I live in Topeka with my wife and two teenage sons.

You can follow me on Twitter, where I try to provide instant updates on news and what's going on in the Statehouse.

Recent stories

Kansas Supreme Court blasts bill signed into law by Brownback
April 18, 2014
In a rare public statement, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday denounced a bill signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, saying the measure would weaken the judicial system. By Scott Rothschild
Casino, Medicaid among issues decided by Brownback
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday made it easier to get a casino in southeast Kansas and harder to get Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback to tout bonds for new health education building at KU Medical Center
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback will visit the Kansas University Medical Center on Monday to tout $25 million in bonding authority to help build a new health education building. By Scott Rothschild
New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback’s tax cuts
April 17, 2014
Kansas tax revenue to fund state government continues to fall because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts but administration officials maintained that the state budget was in good shape and that the governor’s policies are helping the economy. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence military veteran heading to D.C. on honor flight
April 17, 2014
Marine Corps veteran John McCoin has been to Washington D.C. several times but has not been there recently enough to see the World War II Memorial, which opened in 2004. On Friday, the 83-year-old Lawrence resident will fly to Washington with a group of other veterans and students of Lyndon High School, courtesy of the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit that organizes trips for veterans to see national war memorials. “I’m really excited,” McCoin said on Thursday as he prepared to leave. “I really enjoy going to Washington.” By Scott Rothschild
Regents chairman advises university leaders to show restraint in upcoming tuition proposals
April 16, 2014
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan on Wednesday told higher education officials they should hold the line on tuition this year. By Scott Rothschild
Regents leaders remain committed to disciplinary aspects of social media policy
11:03 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:55 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents leaders Wednesday said they would not back down from the disciplinary aspects of its social media policy for universities. By Scott Rothschild
Praeger, health care groups urge Brownback to veto bill allowing state to take over Medicare
April 15, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and senior citizen and health care groups on Tuesday urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill that they said could jeopardize health care to hundreds of thousands of Kansans under Medicare. By Scott Rothschild
Regents committee will look at proposed revisions to controversial social media policy
April 15, 2014
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents this week will have their first discussion on proposed changes to their controversial social media policy. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback signs law giving employers flexibility on employee hours
April 14, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a measure that continues a program that allows employers to reduce employees’ work hours to avoid layoffs, and then those employees could receive partial unemployment benefits. By Scott Rothschild

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Recent photos

Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan and Vice Chairman Kenny Wilk on Wednesday discuss the social media policy with members of a work group. The board members were meeting as the Governance Committee, which will forward proposed revisions to the full regents next month.

Co-chairs of the Kansas Board of Regents social media work group, Emporia State University general counsel Kevin Johnson, left, and Kansas University professor Charles Epp, right, prepare to speak to members of the regents on Wednesday. The regents members rejected the work group's primary proposal to make the social media policy advisory.

Officials gathered Tuesday at a Statehouse news conference urging Gov. Sam Brownback veto a bill that would allow Kansas to take over federal health care programs in the state. From left to right are AARP's Kansas director Maren Turner, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and Sean Gatewood, head of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition.

Teachers on Saturday wave `hello' as legislators leave the House chamber. The teachers were protesting a plan to repeal teacher tenure laws.

People attending rally Sunday opposing House Bill 2453 form two lines to depict what they said the bill would have done.

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