State Government

Kansas lawmakers weigh whether to ease penalties for minor drug crimes

Two bills pending in the Kansas Legislature would slim down penalties for minor drug crimes. Supporters of the lighter sentences contend the changes would give Kansas more reasonable drug laws and carve away at the state’s prison population. Opponents told a Kansas House committee this week ...

Kansas state senator sponsors effort to ban transgender athletes from women’s sports

TOPEKA — Sen. Renee Erickson is advocating passage of a bill by the Kansas Legislature to forbid individuals declared male at birth who later transitioned to female from participating in women’s sports programs at the elementary, high school and college levels. Erickson, a Wichita ...

Restaurants ask for property tax relief from counties that restricted business

TOPEKA — Wichita restaurant owner John Arnold says it is difficult to avoid feeling vilified by government restrictions placed on businesses in the interest of public health. The pandemic treated his industry differently, Arnold explained to lawmakers during a hearing Tuesday in the House. ...

Kansas schools rush to vaccinate teachers ahead of reopening

MISSION — Kansas school districts are rushing to vaccinate their teachers in preparation for an eventual return to a full reopening of classrooms and before a more contagious strain of the coronavirus can spread throughout the state. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told leaders of the ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas committee advances bill to recognize other states’ gun permits

TOPEKA (AP) — A House committee has advanced a bill to expand Kansas' recognition of other states' concealed carry permits. The bill is backed by Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who said in a hearing last month that the bill would help the state maintain reciprocity agreements ...