State Government

Bill restricting DEI returns to Kansas Legislature amid debate over ideology, pronouns

TOPEKA — Rep. Steven Howe, chairman of the House Higher Education Budget Committee, pointed to job applications at Kansas State University and other Kansas public universities to argue the necessity of legislation restricting diversity, equity and inclusion practices. Howe, a Salina ...

Legalizing medical marijuana is popular in Kansas, so why hasn’t it happened yet?

Activists at the Statehouse are renewing a push for state lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana in Kansas. While Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and many state legislators from both parties support the concept, lawmakers have yet to take up the issue this session. The American Civil Liberties ...

Gov. Kelly vetoes Republicans’ flat income tax plan

Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a Republican-sponsored tax package that included a single-rate income tax, calling it a “reckless flat tax experiment.” Although the bill included a number of provisions also included in Kelly’s own tax plan, such as state property tax ...

Kansas lawmakers consider shortening duration of early voting period

Kansas voters would have less time to vote early in person under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. Under current law, early voting is held until noon the Monday before an election. But a bill being discussed by the House Elections Committee would end early voting by 7 p.m. the Sunday ...