The Kansas Legislature narrowly passed a two-year state budget over the weekend and wrapped up the 2013 legislative session.
The single biggest responsibility lawmakers have every year is to pass a state budget. It was questionable whether this proposal could pass the House. The chamber’s leadership was putting pressure on Republicans to pass the budget, saying if they didn’t pass one over the weekend the state could miss payments, like a payment for state worker health insurance.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee has introduced legislation that would pause the implementation of new Common Core Education standards. The bill the committee introduced Friday would create an 11-member legislative panel to review the State Board of Education's decisions on any new education standards.
Tom Page has been an integral part of the Wichita and Kansas music scenes for more than 20 years. The guitarist performed with acts such as Sunshine Family, Winking Spaniard, and Grandpa’s .38 throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, earning a reputation not only as a gifted guitarist but a remarkable songwriter as well.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness says gaps in mental health care could be addressed if every state-including Kansas-would expand Medicaid as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.
Rick Cagan, who heads NAMI Kansas, says the state’s system of community mental health centers is supposed to provide help for Kansans with mental illness, regardless of their ability to pay. But budget cuts have left public mental health providers unable to meet the needs…
The Kansas Historical Society recently placed six Santa Fe Trail locations in Kansas on the National Register of Historic Places. With the addition of these sites in Marion and Morton counties, the state now has 1,310 registered historic sites.
Thirty properties were nominated for the Santa Fe Trail project, and these six were the first to be approved by the National Park Service.