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Senate committee recommends workers' comp bill backed by business, opposed by labor

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — The Senate Commerce Committee on Monday recommended approval of a workers' compensation bill opposed by labor and trial lawyers. Pro-business interests said Senate Bill 73 updated medical guidelines dealing with workers injured on the job and the employer-paid insurance system to compensate them. The bill would use the ...

Bill filed to require establishment of adult stem cell center at KU Med

Scott Rothschild

Topeka -- A bill pushed by abortion opponents that would require the Kansas University Medical Center to establish a center that focuses on adult stem cells has been filed in the Legislature. Senate Bill 199 would create the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center. The measure is authored by 22 conservative ...

Realtors rally to oppose Brownback's plan to eliminate homeowner tax deductions

Scott Rothschild

**Topeka** — Realtors from across the state gathered Wednesday just outside Gov. Sam Brownback's office in the Statehouse to rally in opposition to a proposal by the governor to eliminate the homeowner mortgage interest and property tax deductions. Brownback has said removing the deductions are needed to balance the budget ...

Prayer list targets "dark spiritual areas" of Kansas, including Lawrence

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — A prayer list put out by the Capitol Commission, which is dedicated to spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ, calls for praying for "dark spiritual areas" of Kansas, including Lawrence. In a one-page list of Capitol Prayers being passed around the Statehouse recently, prayer is urged for a ...

Animal rights advocates call for end of carbon monoxide in euthanizing animals

Scott Rothschild

Animal rights advocates from across Kansas converged Monday on the Statehouse in support of legislation to protect pets, including the elimination of carbon monoxide chambers used to euthanize animals. "Legislators are recognizing that animal welfare is a high priority issue that enjoys bipartisan support from Kansas voters," said Midge Grinstead, ...

Student loan repayment program in rural areas has been popular, official says

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — A program aimed at getting college graduates to settle in rural areas of Kansas has been popular, a state official said Monday. Chris Harris, a program manager with the Kansas Department of Commerce, briefed members of the Senate Commerce Committee, on a program that offers up to $15,000 ...

New report says smoking ban has had no negative impact on liquor sales

Scott Rothschild

Opposition to the statewide ban on smoking indoors in most public places, which went into effect July 1, 2010, came from restaurant and bar owners who said it would hurt their businesses. A new analysis by the Kansas Health Institute says the ban hasn't negatively affected food and liquor sales ...

Bill to be heard restricting union activities in political campaigns

Scott Rothschild

A bill that would prevent unions from using funds collected by payroll deduction in political activities will be considered today. The Kansas National Education Association calls House Bill 2023 "the first official salvo in a possible war on teachers." A hearing on the measure is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. before ...

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman calls for repeal of corporate farming laws

Scott Rothschild

Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman on Tuesday called for the repeal of Kansas corporate farming laws. His comments came at a meeting where Gov. Sam Brownback and his Cabinet members were briefing legislators. As he left the meeting, Brownback was asked what he thought of Rodman's remark. Brownback, who appointed ...

Huelskamp assesses debt ceiling, Boehner

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who has recently made national headlines in his political battles with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was in the Statehouse on Monday where he used to serve as a state legislator. Huelskamp, who represents the Big First, which goes from the western Kansas ...

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