Kansas state legislature http://kmuw.org en State Republicans Block Proposal To Hold Legislative Party Caucus Meetings In Public http://kmuw.org/post/state-republicans-block-proposal-hold-legislative-party-caucus-meetings-public <p>Republicans in the Kansas Senate have blocked a proposal from Democrats to require all legislative party caucus meetings to be open to the public.</p><p>The Senate voted 30-8 Wednesday against a proposal from Minority Leader Anthony Hensley.</p><p>Only one Republican, Carolyn McGinn of Sedgwick, supported his measure.</p><p>The Kansas Open Meetings Act generally requires government meetings to be open to the public. It has an exception for the Legislature, so that each chamber can close their daily caucus meetings.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:02:07 +0000 Associated Press 30820 at http://kmuw.org State Senator Looking To Make Paid Surrogacies Illegal http://kmuw.org/post/state-senator-looking-make-paid-surrogacies-illegal <p>State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook is pushing a measure that would make it illegal to pay women to be surrogate mothers.</p><p>The proposal would also void existing surrogacy contracts.</p><p>The Public Health and Welfare Committee met yesterday to begin two days of hearings on the her proposal.</p><p>The bill is patterned after a law in the District of Columbia. Pilcher-Cook is concerned that Kansas has no laws dealing with surrogacy contracts; she worries that women are being exploited.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:22:27 +0000 Associated Press 29408 at http://kmuw.org Want To Watch State Legislative Committee Sessions? You Might Be Able To Soon http://kmuw.org/post/want-watch-state-legislative-committee-sessions-you-might-be-able-soon <p>Audio and video of Kansas legislative committee sessions would be streamed live over the Internet under a bill introduced in the House.</p><p>Republican Representative Stephanie Clayton says her bill will help citizens stay current on matters that affect their lives and ensure legislators are paying attention.</p><p>The bill will also require video broadcasts of House and Senate sessions. Audio of the sessions already is streamed on the Internet.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:40:45 +0000 Associated Press 29161 at http://kmuw.org House Advances Partial KDOT/KTA Merger http://kmuw.org/post/house-advances-partial-kdotkta-merger <p>The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a limited merger between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which manages the 236-mile toll road. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 22:10:09 +0000 Stephen Koranda 13908 at http://kmuw.org Strip Club Bill Dies In House Committee http://kmuw.org/post/strip-club-bill-dies-house-committee <p>A bill creating new regulations for strip clubs failed today Friday in a Kansas House committee. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:28:45 +0000 Fletcher Powell 13901 at http://kmuw.org Lawsuit Filed Over Provisional Ballots http://kmuw.org/post/lawsuit-filed-over-provisional-ballots <p></p><p></p><p><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">A Kansas House Democrat has filed a lawsuit hoping to force Shawnee County officials to turn over a list of voters who cast provisional ballots.</span></font></p><p><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka is trying to avert a narrow election loss.</span></font></p><p><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Democratic Party officials gave The Associated Press a copy of Mah's petition before it was filed in Shawnee County District Court Friday.</span></font></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:58:19 +0000 Associated Press 8300 at http://kmuw.org Lawsuit Filed Over Provisional Ballots Ex-Kan. Lawmaker: Doubts About Residency ‘Crazy’ http://kmuw.org/post/ex-kan-lawmaker-doubts-about-residency-crazy <p></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 16px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 14.545454025268555px; ">The president of a tea party group in Wichita yesterday questioned whether a former Democratic legislator who’s running again for the Kansas House lives at the address he lists as his home, a concern the ex-lawmaker dismissed as “crazy.”</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:49:05 +0000 Associated Press 5426 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: It's Time To Pay Attention http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-its-time-pay-attention <p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 1886 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: It's Time To Pay Attention Richard Crowson: Kansas Legislators, Take Your Time On This One http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-kansas-legislators-take-your-time-one <p></p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 1876 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: Kansas Legislators, Take Your Time On This One Richard Crowson: Signs Of Spring At The Statehouse http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-signs-spring-statehouse <p>I don’t know about you but I’m seeing signs of spring everywhere these days! The tiniest hint of green on my lawn; birdsong in the mornings; two whole weeks without snow and that surest indicator of Spring in Kansas – state legislators giving more tax breaks to businesses while our schools agonize over deep budget cuts.<br><br> You see, our legislators argue that they may be creating new jobs for our state by giving businesses these tax breaks. You know, to sort of offset the jobs lost due to school budget cuts.<br> Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 1399 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: Signs Of Spring At The Statehouse