State Government

Lawrence resident, attorney appointed as Kansas Supreme Court’s new justice

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday named an attorney who said he's similar in temperament to former Chief Justice Lawton Nuss to replace Nuss as a Kansas Supreme Court justice. K.J. Wall, of Lawrence, also formerly worked for the state's highest court overseeing special ...

Medicaid expansion supporters block Kansas Senate entrance

TOPEKA — Several dozen protesters chanted, lay down on the floor and blocked the Kansas Senate’s main entrance Tuesday, hoping to pressure it into taking a vote on a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid. About 50 people protested at the Statehouse for almost three hours. Capitol police ...

Top Kansas lawmakers plan to boost funding for their offices

TOPEKA — Kansas legislative leaders' offices would see an 11% increase in their funding under a proposal that cleared committee Monday, and almost all of the new dollars would go to top Republicans. The House Appropriations Committee added the money before approving the Republican-controlled ...

Kansas Senate committee advances student-athlete compensation bill

The state of Kansas is one step closer to a law that would allow student-athletes in the state to profit off the use of their name, image and likeness while in school — provided 15 other states pass legislation first. Members of the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday easily ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas moves to get suspended drivers back on the road, but some say it’s not enough

TOPEKA — Kansas has one of the highest rates of suspended drivers in the country, and the majority of those more than 215,000 licenses are suspended for unpaid fines or court fees — sometimes unrelated to driving. Both the Kansas House and Senate approved separate bills last month aimed ...

Kansas GOP leader’s Medicaid expansion move roils Statehouse

TOPEKA — For Medicaid expansion supporters, Jim Denning once symbolized what was wrong with the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Now, the Kansas Senate majority leader is an expansion champion whose decision to work with the state’s Democratic governor has put him under fire from ...

Amid opioid and vaping lawsuits, Kansas looks to prevent local action

TOPEKA — Business groups and Kansas' Republican attorney general are pushing for a state law that could prevent cities, counties and local school districts from suing big corporations such as opioid and vaping products manufacturers. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has worried that a raft of ...

Kansas governor issues disaster declaration over fire risk

TOPEKA — The state of Kansas is under a disaster emergency declaration through Saturday because of the risk of wildfires. Gov. Laura Kelly signed the declaration Thursday. Conditions across the state are ripe for fire because of dry conditions, low humidity, strong winds and an abundance of ...

Panel discusses key Kansas voter information ahead of 2020 elections

Updated at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday As final votes were being cast in Super Tuesday presidential primary contests across the country, a panel discussion at the University of Kansas highlighted important trends and tips that voters in the Sunflower State should be aware of as the 2020 election ...

Kansas considers bill to restrict electric transmission lines in urban areas

TOPEKA — The Kansas Legislature is considering a proposal that would require utilities to undergo a rigorous permitting process before they install transmission lines in urban areas, including allowing communities to comment on the plans. The proposal comes in response to a wealth of ...

February health code inspections: 8 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Eight organizations in Douglas County failed health code inspections in February. 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 can ...

State records show 4 Medicaid abortions in 7 years

TOPEKA — Republican legislative leaders blocking a push to give Medicaid coverage to about 130,000 more Kansans say they fear the expansion’s impact on publicly funded abortions. Other Republicans and Democrats reject that argument as a red herring. The Kansas News Service has learned that ...

Used to giving orders, Kansas abortion foes can’t cut a deal on amendment

TOPEKA — Abortion opponents who've become used to giving orders to Kansas lawmakers on the exact wording of new restrictions are stymied now that they face compromising to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot. After falling short in a House vote ...

Kansas struggles with details of legalizing sports betting

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers who want to legalize betting on sports events and allow online sales of lottery tickets are struggling to agree on the details and facing criticism that they're being too generous toward companies already managing casinos for the state. The state Senate gave ...