State Government

Kansas House, Senate forge ahead without mask mandate covering legislators

TOPEKA — Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau's brother, Wichita retiree Randall Faust Jr., usually adhered to basic public health rules by wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. But he let down his guard and set his mask aside while visiting an out-of-town relative. And then Faust, ...

Kansas governor will try again to reorganize social services

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly plans to try a second time to reorganize Kansas' social services after the Republican-controlled Legislature blocked the move last year. Kelly announced Monday that she will issue an order next week creating a single Department of Human Services to ...

Kansas Legislature begins its 2021 session under shadow of COVID-19

TOPEKA — The 2021 Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly convened Monday to begin chipping away at a massive backlog of legislation with the cloud of COVID-19 hovering over the proceedings. Outgoing Sen. Susan Wagle, retiring after 30 years in the Legislature, offered a bit of advice as she shed ...

Kansas lawmakers review state’s lagging vaccine distribution

TOPEKA (AP) — Legislators are reviewing Kansas' distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, though U.S. government data showed Monday that the state's inoculation rate no longer lagged behind most other states. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature were unhappy with what they considered a ...

Marijuana advocates hope collaborative bill is key to legalizing medicinal use in Kansas

TOPEKA — After a shortened session dashed hopes for medicinal cannabis legalization in 2020, proponents of the plant are taking a fresh approach for the upcoming legislative session. Last year, two separate bills were filed pushing for medicinal use, but both died in committee, despite a ...