State Government

Lawmakers advance proposal to reverse Kansas abortion rights ruling

Story updated at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Abortion rights backers grappled with how to derail a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution as abortion foes marked Wednesday's anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by advancing two versions of the ...

GOP conservatives look to put own mark on Kansas Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA — Conservative Republican lawmakers are looking to modify a bipartisan plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas by adding two provisions that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly opposes. GOP conservatives want to insert a work requirement for able-bodied adults who receive the state’s Medicaid ...

Consultants recommend renovating Docking state building next to Kansas Capitol

TOPEKA — Consultants have recommended the state spend more than $100 million to renovate the Docking State Office Building in Topeka, in part to consolidate state agencies in the building adjacent to the Kansas Capitol. The Kansas Department of Administration report released Tuesday at a ...

Kansas lawmaker abandons bid for state Senate seat at governor’s urging

TOPEKA — A lawmaker who made national headlines for switching to the Democratic Party has ended her campaign for a state Senate seat and will run for re-election to the House instead. Rep. Stephanie Clayton of Overland Park said Tuesday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly encouraged her last ...

Advocates push for action on Kansas foster care crisis

Topeka — Natalie Zarate entered state custody when she was 11 years old, removed from a physically abusive mother and placed in a group home for foster children. Now 23, she trembles when she thinks about her time at EmberHope Youthville in Newton. Physicians placed Zarate on “crazy ...

Lawrence attorney is one of three finalists for Kansas Supreme Court seat

TOPEKA — A Kansas Court of Appeals judge, a Lawrence attorney and a veteran prosecutor now working for the attorney general's office are finalists for a state Supreme Court seat. A lawyer-led state nominating commission on Friday sent the candidates' names to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. She ...

Kansas governor appoints public defender Stacey Donovan as Douglas County judge

Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed Stacey Donovan, currently the chief public defender in Shawnee County, to fill the vacant judgeship in Douglas County District Court. Donovan, of Lawrence, will fill the position that former Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel vacated with her Dec. 31 retirement, ...

Fate of Kansas anti-abortion amendment may rest on when vote is set

Story updated at 4:51 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — The fate of a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution could depend more on when it would appear on the ballot than the language being considered by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Supporters of the proposal for ...

Kansas governor’s budget seeks to use cash reserves to pay off debt

Story updated at 4:51 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Thursday that Kansas burn through more than half of its cash reserves to pay off some debt early while taking longer to close a long-term funding gap for the state pension system for teachers and government ...

In State of the State address, Gov. Kelly pushes for highway plan, Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday called for a new program to improve the state’s roads and bridges, urged state lawmakers to approve a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan and warned she is likely to veto the income tax cuts that Republicans are pursuing. The Democratic governor ...

New Kansas law on polling places likely won’t be ready this year

TOPEKA — A new law that would allow Kansans to vote at polling stations that are most convenient to them likely will not be ready for this year's elections, Secretary of State Scott Schwab said. Schwab told the state Senate's election committee Tuesday that drafting rules for implementing ...

Rival GOP hopefuls in Kansas Senate race both talk to Trump

TOPEKA — Rival Kansas Senate candidates Kris Kobach and Rep. Roger Marshall have talked to President Donald Trump, with Marshall looking to boost his chances of defeating Trump's earliest prominent supporter in the state. Marshall's campaign confirmed that the western Kansas congressman met ...

Gov. Kelly appoints Free State Brewing owner to tourism, travel council

Chuck Magerl named his brewpub Free State Brewing Company as a clear nod to Kansas history. Magerl, owner of the state’s first legal brewery since Prohibition, said that showcasing Kansas’ history was something he’s committed to — “making people aware of what has been and what can ...

Homeland Security officials brief Kansas lawmakers on business, agriculture threats

Updated at 8:44 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Foreign governments are trying to get proprietary information about Kansas business and agricultural assets, state legislators heard Tuesday in extraordinary, secret briefings with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, according to ...

Kansas lawmakers open session; Medicaid, tax cut debates expected

Story updated at 5:49 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers returned Monday to the Statehouse and opened their annual session expecting big debates on tax cuts and Medicaid expansion. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature planned to push again this year for income tax cuts after ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

Governor’s State of the State address to be broadcast live on TV

Gov. Laura Kelly's State of the State address will be broadcast on live television at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will be the first time the address has been broadcast live since 2015, according to a press release from the governor's office. During the speech, Kelly will report her ...

Bob Dole endorses Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race in Kansas

Story updated at 6 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas Senate candidate Roger Marshall won the endorsement Monday of political icon and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, a boost for the congressman's efforts to show GOP leaders he can defeat hardline conservative Kris Kobach in the ...

Kansas Republicans focused on restricting abortion through regulation instead of ban

TOPEKA — Top Kansas Republicans want to head off any push for an abortion ban in the state even as they make overturning a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that protects abortion rights a top priority. The GOP-controlled Legislature expects to consider a proposed amendment to the Kansas ...

Gov. Kelly appoints equal number of men, women in first year

The Women’s Foundation of Kansas City commended Gov. Laura Kelly for appointing more than 150 women to state boards, commissions and the judiciary in her first year. Kelly selected an equal number of men and women for various appointments, according to a press release the organization sent ...