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Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

Advocates seek law for appeals of evictions from adult care homes

TOPEKA — Advocates for older Kansans in assisted living facilities are pushing for legislation that would allow them to appeal to the state if a facility evicts them. The House Children and Seniors Committee plans to have a hearing Thursday on the measure, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports. ...

Governor signs bill extending Kansas’ COVID-19 emergency declaration

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill Monday that extends the state's COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration, allowing Kansas to continue to tap into resources for its pandemic response efforts. The legislation, which extends the declaration to March 31, aims to provide a measure of ...

Kansas Gov. Kelly wants tourism division moved to Department of Commerce

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday proposed moving the state's tourism division into the Department of Commerce, in an effort to boost an economy that has suffered a downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tourism division is currently part of the Kansas Department of ...

Kansas House panel to warn new member over past behavior

TOPEKA — A legislative committee decided Friday that it will send a newly elected Kansas House member an informal letter admonishing him over issues that include an alleged threat against a top lawmaker and accusations of abusing or threatening girls and young women. The House committee ...

House rejects attempt by Democrats to install COVID-19 precautions for Kansas lawmakers

TOPEKA — Rep. Boog Highberger took his jacket off before addressing colleagues Thursday on the House floor. “Don’t we have any rules around here?” he asked. The Lawrence Democrat was trying to make a point with his flagrant violation of House decorum. “You know how shocked you were ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas advances anti-abortion measure on Roe anniversary

Topeka — Republicans on Friday pushed a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution through the state House, a bitter reminder of election setbacks for abortion-rights Democrats on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide. The vote was ...