2018 legislative session

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A Kansas lawmaker says she will introduce legislation that would end the Legislature's practice of proposing bills without identifying the sponsors.

The Kansas City Star reports more than 94 percent of bills passed in last year's session had no named sponsor. Lawmakers keep their names off bills by introducing them through committees.

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A task force formed to fix Kansas’ troubled foster care system relied largely on the ideas of a lone member to meet a deadline for preliminary suggestions, reflecting the daunting nature of its job and some troubles within the panel.

The Child Welfare System Task Force, formed in June 2017, submitted its first report, including preliminary recommendations, to the Legislature on Monday.

Kansas House Rep. Gail Finney says she expects the state Legislature will beef up a law related to swatting after a recent incident in Wichita that left one man dead.

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Lawmakers arrived in Topeka Monday with monumental money problems facing the state and an executive branch stuck in a confusing transition.

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Kansas lawmakers are preparing to open their annual session facing a court mandate to boost spending on public schools but with little appetite to do what might be necessary to pay for it.

The Republican-controlled Legislature was scheduled to convene Monday afternoon for short, mostly ceremonial meetings to start the traditional 90-day clock. GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, who is waiting to depart for an ambassador's post, will give the annual State of the State address Tuesday evening and lay out budget proposals Wednesday.

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As Kansas lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Monday, some major issues will hang like a cloud over the legislative session.

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A proposal to strengthen Kansas’ laws against elder abuse is expected to come before lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session.

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Kansas Democrats have filed two gun control bills for the upcoming legislative session. The proposals could be a tough sell, though, as some lawmakers might not be interested in another gun control debate.