State Government

Kansas lawmakers take aim at rising medical costs, surprise bills

TOPEKA — A flurry of proposals in the Kansas Statehouse this session take aim at rising medical costs, including one that may be the state’s first attempt to rein in “surprise bills.” Republican Sen. Richard Hilderbrand has introduced two price-transparency proposals and Democratic ...

Democrats sue over Kansas’ delay in implementation of ‘vote anywhere’ law

Topeka — Kansas and national Democratic Party groups on Friday sued the Republican official who oversees the state’s elections, accusing him of violating voters’ rights by delaying the implementation of a law designed to make voting on Election Day more convenient. The lawsuit was filed ...

Kelly, Girod discuss efforts to bolster Kansas workforce amid budget concerns

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday stressed the importance of a collaborative effort to improve the state’s workforce after what the two called a “lost decade.” During that decade, a majority of which was governed by Republican Gov. Sam ...

As inmates age, Kansas prisons prepare for geriatric care

Topeka — Cody Carter, who leads a Christian ministry at Lansing Correctional Facility, sees firsthand what happens as inmates age behind bars. “I do have guys in my program that have like a colostomy bag or are wheelchair bound or have seizure problems — a number of issues that make it ...

Kansas Republican lawmakers fail in effort to propose anti-abortion amendment

Story updated at 10:00 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Republican lawmakers in Kansas failed to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot Friday, and abortion opponents responded by moving aggressively to block a Medicaid expansion plan backed by Democrats and GOP ...

Kansas lawmaker pursues bill to block transgender youth from school sports

TOPEKA — A conservative legislator in Kansas is pursuing a proposal to prevent transgender high school and middle school students from playing on sports teams aligned with their gender identities, and LGBTQ rights advocates are trying to kill it even before he can formally introduce ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Republicans expect work requirement to be part of Kansas Medicaid expansion debate

Topeka — Republicans expect to consider a work requirement when a Kansas legislative committee begins debating a bipartisan bill for expanding Medicaid, despite opposition to the idea from a GOP leader. The Republican-controlled Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee plans to start its ...

Abortion is unlikely complication in U.S. Senate race in Kansas

OLATHE — A fight in the Kansas Legislature over protecting its power to restrict abortion has become an unlikely complication in the Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat, even though the top candidates all oppose abortion. Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle is campaigning for ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

Kansas looks to end spousal exemption in sexual battery law

TOPEKA — The Kansas law that makes it a crime to grope, rub or touch others in a sexual manner without their consent doesn’t apply to spouses, and state lawmakers are moving to eliminate the loophole after the same fix failed last year. The House could debate a bill next week that would ...

Rising Kansas revenues fuel GOP anger over lack of tax cuts

TOPEKA — Kansas has collected more tax revenue than expected almost every month for more than two years, and Republicans are growing increasingly angry that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly still insists that the state can't afford income tax cuts favored by the GOP-controlled Legislature. The ...

January health code inspections: 9 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Nine organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in January. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you ...

Kansas homeowners concerned by state’s rising property taxes

Wichita — When Mary Coffman and her husband moved to Overland Park from Oklahoma City in 2014, they found a comparable home – and expected their property taxes to be about the same, too. They were wrong. The retirees went from paying around $2,600 a year in Oklahoma to $3,200 in Kansas. ...

Gov. Kelly: Abortion amendment would put Kansas in ‘the Dark Ages’

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly declared Thursday that a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution would return the state “to the Dark Ages” and called it a political attack on women’s rights that will hurt the state’s business climate. Kelly, a strong ...

Lawsuit alleges Kansas Highway Patrol targets out-of-state drivers

Story updated at 3:14 p.m. Thursday WICHITA — Ninety-three percent of the Kansas Highway Patrol's traffic stops in 2017 involved cars with out-of-state plates, according to a lawsuit challenging the practice as an infringement on motorists' constitutional rights. In an amended lawsuit filed ...

Kansas abortion measure advances in Tennessee plan’s shadow

Story updated at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Republican lawmakers in Kansas pushed a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution through the state Senate on Wednesday even as abortion rights advocates argued that it would lead to a ban on most abortions like a measure being ...