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Kansas medical marijuana bill may get committee vote after break

Peter Hancock

A bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for certain medical purposes could come up for a vote soon in a Kansas Senate committee, possibly in early March after lawmakers return from their midsession break. But the chairman of that committee isn't predicting its chances of passing. "I think ...

Light day in House lets freshman lawmakers get some stage time

Peter Hancock

The Kansas House worked through a handful of mostly noncontroversial bills Monday, giving a few freshman legislators a chance to learn some of the ropes. Whenever a bill comes out of committee, someone from that committee is assigned the task of "carrying" the bill onto the floor. That means he ...

Lawmakers head into 'turnaround week' while waiting for Brownback tax decision

Peter Hancock

Kansas lawmakers have a big question hanging over their heads as they head toward the midpoint of the session, known as "turnaround" day. The question is, what will Gov. Sam Brownback do with the $1 billion tax bill they just sent him that would reverse many of the signature tax ...

Senate lays out tax debate schedule; Democrats announce details of Bernie Sanders appearance

Peter Hancock

Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate announced their plans for debating tax bills the rest of this week, and one scenario could put the just-passed House plan on Gov. Sam Brownback's desk early next week. That, however, depends on what happens Thursday morning in the House when it votes on ...

House to move forward on taxes, spending cuts, while Senate regroups

Peter Hancock

Following a near-meltdown in the Senate last week, Republican leaders in the Kansas House plan to move forward with their own plans for balancing this year's budget and raising taxes to balance the next two years' budgets. On Thursday last week, the [Senate abruptly called off debate][1] on its own ...

Bernie Sanders to speak at Kansas Democratic Party convention Feb. 25

Peter Hancock

Kansas Democratic Party officials finally confirmed Tuesday what many people had been saying unofficially on social media for days, that former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the keynote speaker at the party's upcoming state convention known as Washington Days in Topeka. Sanders is scheduled to speak sometime on ...

Civil rights panel calls for federal probe of Kansas voting laws; Kobach says review unnecessary

Peter Hancock

Kansas’ strict voting laws sometimes act like a poll tax and also disproportionately discourage young voters, a civil rights panel alleges in a draft report that seeks a federal probe into Kansas voting laws. A panel that advises the U.S. Civil Rights Commission is circulating a draft report that would ...

Gun bill could come up for committee vote Wednesday

Peter Hancock

At least one of two bills that would partially roll back a mandate to allow concealed weapons in most public buildings is likely to come up for a vote Wednesday in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. Rep. John Barker, R-Abilene, who chairs that committee, told the Journal-World Friday ...

Sens. Roberts, Moran unite behind DeVos for education secretary despite widespread criticism

Peter Hancock

Kansas U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran have both expressed support for Betsy DeVos, President Trump's pick for education secretary, despite widespread opposition and concern from the Kansas education community. DeVos, who is married to billionaire Dick DeVos, heir to the Amway fortune, is widely known as a champion ...

Kansas officials weigh in on Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court

Peter Hancock

A number of Kansas public officials and advocacy groups weighed in Wednesday on President Donald Trump's nomination of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. And as one might expect, their reactions fell along partisan and ideological lines. "Judge Gorsuch is ...

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