Top Morning News 2.08.13
Series of gun law bills proposed in Kansas House; Pitt State students oppose concealed carry on campus; New Kansas arts agency accepting grant applications; Gov requests hold on school funding suit.
Bill Would Bar Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws In Kansas
State Lawmakers are considering a series of bills aimed at protecting gun rights.
One measure would ban local governments from passing laws that restrict the open carry of firearms.
Pitt State Students Oppose Concealed Carry On Campus
The student government at Pittsburg State University has gone on record opposing the concealed carry of firearms on campus. The student senate at Pitt State adopted the position on a 22-16 vote Wednesday.
All other student government organizations at Kansas regents institutions have approved resolutions that oppose concealed weapons on their campuses.
New Kansas Arts Commission Accepting Grant Proposals
The new state-run arts commission has announced funding opportunities for Kansas arts agencies.
KS House Passes Restricted Driver's License Provision
The State House passed a bill Thursday that allows drivers with a suspended license to acquire a restricted license, instead. Drivers whose licenses have been suspended for a violation often don't have other reliable transportation to work and school and they end up breaking the law again to do so.
Representative Joe Edwards, a Republican from Haysville, says drivers getting the restricted license would be able to travel to and from their place of employment. They would also be able to look for work, get to medical appointments, the emergency room, attend drug or alcohol counseling, and go to and from school.
The bill allows for drivers to carry insurance, and to drive legally to only those necessary places. The measure passed on a voice vote.
Brownback Requests Hold On School Funding Ruling
Gov. Sam Brownback is seeking mediation in a lawsuit over school funding. A district court recently ruled that the state isn't meeting constitutional requirements and needs to increase funding for Kansas schools.