State Government

In Kansas, maligned ‘gut and go’ tactic gets laws enacted

TOPEKA ? Kansas legislators know that the "gut and go" move they use to pass major bills each year sounds sketchy and makes it harder for people outside the Statehouse to follow what's going on under the dome.Yet the Legislature is addicted to the move — stripping out a bill's contents and ...

Wichita women will pay back money from faulty ATM

Wichita ? A Wichita woman and her daughter will repay a bank after repeatedly withdrawing money from an ATM that was dispensing $100 bills rather $5 bills.Central National Bank sued Christina Ochoa and her mother, Christy Ochoa, after they withdrew more than $14,000 in January. The bank ...

Trump’s tariff plan has Roberts worried about impacts on Kansas

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says President Donald Trump's unexpected announcement about tariffs on imported steel and aluminum "is not going to go down well in farm country."The Wichita Eagle reports that Roberts and other Republican senators received no formal warning from the White House before ...

Gun-friendly Kansas lawmakers considering small limits

TOPEKA ? Kansas legislators are considering "red flag" proposals to allow judges to temporarily confiscate guns from people deemed a safety risk and a measure designed to ensure that fugitives and domestic abusers are prosecuted for illegal gun possession.While work on such issues could be seen ...

As opioid deaths grow, Kansas governor forms task force on substance abuse issues

Topeka ? Gov. Jeff Colyer signed an executive order Thursday establishing a multiagency task force to study opioid addiction and other substance abuse problems in Kansas and to make recommendations for future changes in policies and statutes.Colyer, a plastic surgeon by profession, said he has ...

Kansas tax receipts finish $27M above estimates in February

TOPEKA ? The state of Kansas collected $26.7 million more in tax receipts in February than revenue forecasters had expected, the Kansas Department of Revenue reported Thursday.That means for the first eight months of the current fiscal year, total revenues have exceeded estimates by more than ...

New Kansas bills address school bullying, more workplace protection for teachers

Topeka ? Two bills dealing with public education that appeared to have died following last week's so-called "turnaround" deadline have been resurrected in the Kansas House.One bill would require school districts to post copies of their bullying, harassment and cyber-bullying policies ...

National group joins effort to launch Party of the Center in Kansas

Topeka ? Scott Morgan, the Lawrence businessman who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for secretary of state in 2014, is now teaming up with a national organization to get a new political party on the ballot in Kansas.At a Statehouse news conference Wednesday, Morgan announced ...

Federal tax changes could affect subsidies for Kansas rural phone companies

Topeka ? The sweeping federal tax cuts that Congress enacted in December could end up reducing the subsidies that rural phone companies in Kansas get from the state, a change that could spark political competition over what to do with any excess money that may be left over in the fund that pays ...

Health care advocates blast Kansas attorney general for latest Obamacare lawsuit

Topeka ? Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined another multistate lawsuit seeking to declare a major portion of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, but his action is drawing the ire of health care advocates who say it's part of a partisan effort to dismantle the law.The suit, ...

Topeka drinking water violates EPA contamination standards

Topeka ? Utilities officials say Topeka drinking water is out of compliance with a federal standard for contaminants.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the drinking water is still considered safe despite having exceeded an Environmental Protection Agency standard for the presence of ...

Lawsuit: Same Kansas trooper involved in 2 fatal pursuits

Kansas City, Kan. ? The family of a woman killed by a driver fleeing from a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper is suing the state of Kansas.The lawsuit alleges the same trooper involved in the 2016 chase that led to the death of 66-year-old Janet Elmer was involved in another fatal pursuit on the ...

Kobach invites NRA to hold convention in Kansas

TOPEKA ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is urging the National Rifle Association to bring its annual convention to Kansas.The Kansas City Star reports that the Republican gubernatorial candidate tweeted over the weekend that he's reached out to the NRA to urge the group to bring the ...

Kansas doctor fined after improperly prescribing opiates

Overland Park ? The Kansas medical board has fined a doctor $2,500 and put his license on probation after an investigation revealed improper and potentially dangerous opioid prescribing.The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts released its order this month saying its ...

Rare identical triplets born to Ottawa couple at Kansas City hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities say a rare set of identical triplets have been delivered at a Kansas City hospital.Dr. Josh Petrikin says the boys — Ron, Elkanah and Abishai — were "doing wonderfully" under observation in Truman Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit after their ...

Colyer, Kobach jockey to become new face of Kansas GOP

Wichita ? The fight to become the next face of the Republican Party in Kansas is heating up following the departure of Gov. Sam Brownback.The Kansas City Star reports that Secretary of State Kris Kobach has long been seen as the GOP front-runner. But the man he wants to replace, Gov. Jeff ...

Seniors struggling to apply for Medicaid in Kansas

Topeka — Advocates for seniors in Kansas say that several changes made to streamline the Medicaid application and renewal process have actually made it difficult for the state’s elderly population.Kansas moved to a new computer system in 2015 for applying for Kansas Medicaid, otherwise ...