Jeff King http://kmuw.org en Committee Chairman Urges Chief Justice To Make Courts More Efficient http://kmuw.org/post/committee-chairman-urges-chief-justice-make-courts-more-efficient <p>The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee's chairman is promoting a series of measures aimed at making the courts more efficient in response to a budget-focused address by the state Supreme Court's chief justice.</p><p>Independence Republican Jeff King sent Chief Justice Lawton Nuss a letter Thursday, a day after Nuss gave the annual State of the Judiciary address. Nuss warned that the courts need another $8.3 million for the fiscal year beginning in July to avoid employee furloughs.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:48:55 +0000 Associated Press 29302 at http://kmuw.org Call For Special Legislative Session Draws Support And Questions http://kmuw.org/post/call-special-legislative-session-draws-support-and-questions <p>In 2005, 17-year-old Robert Haberlein and two other people entered a Dollar General store in Bonner Springs. It was late in the day and only one person, 44-year-old Robin Bell, was working in the store. The three overpowered Bell and took her into the back of the store, forcing her to open the safe. They beat her before shooting and killing her.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:16:01 +0000 Stephen Koranda 21690 at http://kmuw.org Call For Special Legislative Session Draws Support And Questions KS Supreme Court Justice, Senator Butting Heads http://kmuw.org/post/ks-supreme-court-justice-senator-butting-heads <p>The chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and a prominent legislator are butting heads. At issue are allegations made the the justice.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:13:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 17258 at http://kmuw.org Senate VP Sponsors Bill To Drug Test State Aid Recipients http://kmuw.org/post/senate-vp-sponsors-bill-drug-test-state-aid-recipients <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters say a bill to require some recipients of state benefits to be tested for drug use will help people improve their lives, not punish them.</span></p><p>Senate Vice President Jeff King told the Commerce Committee Wednesday that <a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/measures/sb149/">the proposals in Senate Bill 149 </a>will help those receiving assistance payments or unemployment benefits to receive treatment and find employment.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:51:28 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 13020 at http://kmuw.org Senate VP Sponsors Bill To Drug Test State Aid Recipients