State Government

Governor appoints 3 members to Kansas Board of Regents

Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed three new members to the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body of the state's six Regents universities and other educational institutions. The three appointees are Cheryl Harrison-Lee, Jon Rolph and Shellaine “Shelly” Kiblinger, according to a news ...

GOP threat ends Kansas governor’s food assistance extension

Story updated at 2:56 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday dropped a policy that allowed several thousand Kansas adults to keep receiving food assistance after failing to meet a work requirement, reversing course days after the state's Republican attorney general ...

Kansas AG gives governor until Friday to drop welfare plan

WICHITA — Kansas's top prosecutor is threatening to go to court if Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly doesn't drop a policy that allows some adults without children to receive welfare even if they don't meet work requirements. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt has given Kelly a Friday ...

Kansas Supreme Court justice to retire, setting up replacement by Kelly

Story updated at 8:53 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A Kansas Supreme Court justice whose votes for abortion rights and against the death penalty made him a political target plans to retire in three months, allowing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to name a replacement before the Republican-controlled ...

Lawrence Democrat, former Sebelius aide running for Congress in Kansas 2nd

Story updated at 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 8: Topeka — A one-time speechwriter for former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she will begin a campaign on Tuesday for an eastern Kansas congressional seat. The Kansas City Star reports that Democrat Abbie Hodgson, of Lawrence, will seek the party’s ...

Kobach launches run for U.S. Senate in Kansas; some in GOP wary

Story updated at 7:34 p.m. Monday: TOPEKA — Kris Kobach, a nationally known advocate of tough immigration policies and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, launched a campaign Monday for the U.S. Senate in Kansas amid hostility from some Republicans worried that his loss in the ...

Judge tosses Kansas Senate leader’s lawsuit against newspaper

OLATHE — A judge threw out a defamation lawsuit filed by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning against The Kansas City Star over a column criticizing him for opposing Medicaid expansion. Johnson County District Judge Paul Gurney ruled Tuesday that Denning, an Overland Park Republican, ...

Kansas’ June tax collections nearly $33M more than expected

TOPEKA — Kansas collected nearly $33 million more in taxes than anticipated in June and ended its 2019 budget year with record cash reserves, good news likely to intensify Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's battles with Republican lawmakers over state finances. The state Department of Revenue's ...

Wagle staffer is new executive director of Kansas Republican Party

TOPEKA — The Kansas Republican Party has hired a member of Senate President Susan Wagle's staff as its new executive director. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shannon Golden will handle the state GOP's day-to-day operations. She had served as Wagle's communications director after ...

New law allows Kansas drivers to refuse field sobriety tests

WICHITA — Kansas drivers can no longer be charged with a crime for refusing a field sobriety test under a new state law. The Wichita Eagle reported that a change in state law that took effect Monday means police can't ticket suspected drivers for not taking the test, but refusal to comply ...

Lawrence native named new director of Kansas Biological Survey

A Lawrence native is returning to town to serve as the new director of the Kansas Biological Survey. Sara Baer, who currently serves as professor and chair of the department of plant biology at Southern Illinois University, will take over the position on Aug. 18, according to a KU news ...

Ex-federal prosecutor running for U.S. Senate in Kansas as Democrat

Story updated at 3:53 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — A former federal prosecutor and current executive in a company that invests in the legal marijuana industry on Monday launched his campaign in Kansas as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Kansas City-area attorney Barry Grissom's kickoff ...

Dispute escalates over change in Kansas food assistance policy

TOPEKA — A dispute is escalating in Kansas between top Republicans and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration over a policy change making it easier for adults who are not working to keep receiving food assistance. The state Department for Children and Families on Friday released an ...

Kansas planning changes in child care assistance rules

TOPEKA — State officials say planned changes to requirements for child care assistance could benefit 3,000 Kansas children. The Kansas Department for Children and Families said Thursday the minimum number of hours parents have to work each week to be eligible for child care assistance will ...

Vaccine foes speak out against Kansas plan to require more school shots

TOPEKA — Vaccination opponents in Kansas have mobilized against a plan from the state health department to require more immunizations children in school and day care. The Wichita Eagle reports that dozens of them packed a public hearing on a regulation drafted by the Kansas Department of ...

Kansas Lottery launches program for vending machine sales

TOPEKA — The Kansas Lottery is launching a pilot program to test vending machine sales. Lottery officials announced Wednesday that four self-service vending machines will be installed at retailers in Topeka. The first pilot site was installed Wednesday, with the other three sites set to ...