State Government

Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices overnight

Story updated at 3:08 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children ...

Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes 2nd GOP tax relief plan

Story updated at 2:14 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a tax relief plan from the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature for the second time in two months, arguing that even the new, smaller measure would "decimate" the state's finances. The second tax ...

Kansas governor cancels no-bid contracts worth more than $110 million

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly's administration is canceling two no-bid contracts valued at more than $110 million that were negotiated by Kansas Revenue Department officials from previous administrations. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the 10-year contracts with CGI Technologies were awarded ...

Kansas, 4 other states announce new lawsuits over prescription opioids

Story updated at 2:47 p.m. Thursday CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and ...

Kansas educators face quick rise in vaping at schools

TOPEKA — Kansas educators are rushing to find ways to respond to a sharp increase in the number of students using electronic cigarettes in the state's high schools. The state Board of Education heard from educators on Tuesday that about a third of high school students tried vaping at least ...

Kansas Senate rejects nominee whom governor tried to withdraw

TOPEKA — Democrat Laura Kelly became the first Kansas governor Tuesday to have an appeals court nominee rejected after the state Supreme Court ruled that she couldn't legally drop a candidate whose political tweets offended legislators. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted 38-0 ...

Court: Kansas bars can’t be sued by drunken driving victims

Story updated at 4:44 p.m. Monday KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a 34-year-old rule that prohibits victims injured by drunken drivers from suing the bars that served them. The high court's ruling on Friday came in the case of Jeff Kudlacik, who was placed in a ...

Kansas Supreme Court says governor can’t withdraw appeals court nominee

Story updated at 7:44 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019: TOPEKA — A Kansas Supreme Court decision will force the state Senate into voting to reject a judicial nominee over political tweets that lawmakers found offensive. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly did not ...

Kansas governor hopes extra state dollars prompt tuition cut

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly says she hopes that extra state funding for the Kansas higher education system will lead to lower tuition for students and their families. Kelly on Friday touted the additional $33 million included for higher education in a proposed $18.4 billion state budget for ...

Top Kansas court considers forcing vote on withdrawn judicial nominee

TOPEKA — A ruling from Kansas’ highest court could force the state Senate to vote on a nominee for a lower-court judgeship whose nomination was withdrawn because of his political tweets. The state Supreme Court waded Thursday into an unprecedented legal dispute between Democratic Gov. ...

Kansas Supreme Court asks pointed questions about new school funding law

Story updated at 1:02 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A Kansas Supreme Court that has repeatedly forced state legislators to increase spending on public schools directed tough questions Thursday to an attorney attacking a new funding law as inadequate, with one justice wondering when the protracted ...

Welfare oversight plan dropped at end of Kansas legislative session

TOPEKA — Lawmakers dropped a plan to increase oversight of Kansas' troubled child welfare system in the final hours of their annual session, angering advocates. The provision that was eliminated would have created a committee that could have summoned officials to explain problems, drafted ...

Kansas prisons get more money; provisions worry officials

TOPEKA — A plan for fixing problems in the troubled Kansas prison system that could have created bipartisan harmony has instead inspired finger pointing and prompted complaints that the Republican-controlled Legislature botched pieces of the next state budget. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and ...

Real ID process presents problems for some Kansas residents

TOPEKA — The process of obtaining a new Real ID is creating headaches for some Kansas residents. Vietnam War veteran Armando Fleming is among several Kansas residents who have left driver's license offices empty-handed after learning that the documents they brought to verify their identity ...

Republicans push tax relief through Kansas Legislature

TOPEKA — Republican legislators have pushed a tax relief proposal through the Kansas Legislature, ignoring predictions from Gov. Laura Kelly's fellow Democrats that she will veto it, just as she did with a larger plan. The House voted 83-41 late Saturday night to approve a bill designed to ...

Kansas House passes budget, thwarting efforts to expand Medicaid

Story updated at 12:17 a.m. Sunday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas this year died Saturday when enough moderate Republicans bowed to the wishes of the GOP-controlled Legislature's conservative leaders and ended an impasse that had tied up the state ...

Kansas House rejects budget twice as part of Medicaid expansion fight

Story updated at 11:02 p.m. Friday Topeka — Kansas lawmakers who support expanding Medicaid blocked passage of the next state budget twice on Friday in a high-stakes standoff designed to force the Legislature’s conservative Republican leaders to allow an expansion plan backed by Democratic ...