A Kansas House committee approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill today. 

The Federal and State Affairs Committee approved House Bill 2253, which prevents groups that provide abortion services from being involved in the state's public schools. The measure also aims to keep the state from subsidizing abortions--even indirectly--through tax exemptions or credits.

House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.

Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

A Kansas House committee heard from supporters and opponents of a bill Wednesday that limits teacher's bargaining rights. The legislation would cut the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five.


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The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted 6-4 Thursday against moving forward with a rezoning request regarding the former Tiller clinic in east Wichita. The vote came after more than an hour of discussion.

Commissioner Chuck Warren asked his colleagues where they draw the line between how the clinic will affect the neighborhood and protecting the private property rights of a business owner.

Warren told the Commission he thought they should explore options with a public hearing, which the commissioners voted down.

Former Tiller clinic will not be rezoned; Schools remain closed Friday due to weather; City services will likely be slow Friday, due to weather.

Former Tiller Clinic Will Not Be Rezoned

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted 6-4 Thursday against moving forward with a rezoning request regarding the former Tiller clinic in east Wichita.


Friday School Closures

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission is expected to consider a request Thursday to rezone the clinic that formerly belonged to assassinated doctor, George Tiller. He performed abortions at the facility in east Wichita.

A representative from Kansans for Life and the new owner of the medical clinic are expected to address the commission.


House Committee Takes Testimony On Abortion Bill

Feb 20, 2013

A Kansas House committee held hearings today on a bill that would put new restrictions on abortion in Kansas.

Abortion opponents are urging a Kansas Senate committee to back legislation barring doctors from terminating pregnancies solely because a woman doesn't want a baby of a certain sex.

Monday's hearing by the Public Health and Welfare Committee began a push by anti-abortion groups and legislators for new restrictions on abortion and abortion providers.

The bill on so-called "sex-selection abortions" would make it a misdemeanor the first time a doctor was caught performing such a procedure. Doctors also could face lawsuits from family members of abortion patients.

Panel to debate Gov's tax plan; Bill would bar public entities and governments from using tax dollars to lobby; Bill would ban sex-selective abortions.

Kansas Senate Panel To Debate Gov's Tax Proposals

Gov. Sam Brownback's tax plan is facing a crucial early test of its support among Kansas legislators.

Wichita City Council to hear about the Bicycle Master Plan; Rezoning petition for former Tiller clinic expected at council meeting; Senate panel preparing debate over tax proposals.

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10 year, $12.5 million plan to improve the city's bike paths.


Democrats say constitutional amendments will be costly; Developer buys Wichita's Union Station; Abortion supporters to rally at Statehouse; WSU alum behind concussion iPhone app.

Dems Question Constitutional Amendment Costs

Some Kansas lawmakers are questioning the number of constitutional amendments proposed this year. At least a half dozen amendments have been filed.


Kansas Abortion Rights Groups To Rally