Stephen Koranda

Contributing Reporter

Stephen Koranda reports on the Kansas Legislature, state government and everything else for Kansas Public Radio. He previously worked in Mississippi and Iowa, where he covered stories ranging from hurricanes to state executions. 

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Lawmakers will try again to exempt some facilities from the state’s concealed carry law.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow public health care facilities to ban concealed guns. State law states most public places must allow concealed firearms by this summer or install security at entrances to keep weapons out.

Some buildings, including universities and public health care facilities, have an exemption from the law that expires this summer. That means they'll either have to allow guns or install more security.

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Updated Monday at 10:18 p.m.

Lawmakers in the Kansas House rejected a bill Monday that would have rolled back much of the state’s 2012 tax cuts. The vote came on the fifth anniversary of the tax cuts being signed into law.

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Lawmakers in the Kansas House have twice rejected efforts to hold a debate on the issue of concealed weapons in public buildings, but the issue could keep popping up.

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Republican lawmakers in the Kansas Legislature have agreed on final language to update the information that doctors must provide to women seeking an abortion. The original proposal had specified that the disclosures be printed in 12-point, Times New Roman type. Now the bill includes a mandate for black ink on white paper.

Kathy Ostrowski, with the group Kansans for Life, said it’s important the information be legible.

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Heavy rains flooded several Statehouse offices and displaced some of the researchers that work for Kansas lawmakers. Friday morning, maintenance staff and members of the Kansas Legislative Research Department were cleaning up and sorting through water-damaged books and documents.

Raney Gilliland, director of the department, said a 10-inch pipe that carries rainwater from the roof of the Statehouse failed during a storm.

“With the deluge that we had last night, this collar broke and all of the water from the roof ended up in [our] office,” Gilliland said.

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Kansas House and Senate negotiators continue to struggle as they work on a tax plan to help balance the state budget. Thursday, talks stalled on a bill that would fully reverse the tax cuts pushed by Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Kansas legislative leaders working on a plan to end the 2017 session have what amounts to a chicken-and-egg dilemma.

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Business officials lined up Wednesday against a plan to impose sales taxes on certain services. Lawmakers in the Kansas Senate are considering the tax changes to help balance the budget and lower the sales tax on food. Under the bill, which already passed the House, services like towing, some pet care and debt collection would be subject to sales tax.

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The Kansas Senate started debate on a bill that would change the state’s concealed carry laws, but ultimately decided not to vote on the issue and sent the bill back to committee for more work. The plan initially would have banned concealed carry in state health care facilities, but then the discussion was expanded to college campuses.

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President Donald Trump has named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as vice chair of a group that will study voter fraud. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity will be headed by Vice President Mike Pence.

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