Gov. Brownback

Business
6:22 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Brownback Heads To Paris To Drum Up Aviation Business

Gov. Sam Brownback is leading a trade delegation to the Paris Air Show this week.

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Government
6:20 am
Tue May 28, 2013

New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway

Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.

It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.

Education
6:08 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Brownback Wants Sales Tax Extended

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Gov. Sam Brownback address a news conference at the KU School of Medicine, in Salina on Tuesday.
Credit Bryan Thompson / KPR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.

The governor says cuts to higher education would be a momentum-killer at a time when he thinks a lot of positive things are happening in Kansas.

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Government
7:56 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Brownback To Holder: 'Kansans Hold Dear Their Right To Bear Arms'

Gov. Sam Brownback has told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a new Kansas gun law aimed at reining in the federal government has broad support in the state.

Brownback sent a letter Thursday to Holder defending the law, which took effect last week.

He said Kansans hold dear their right to bear arms.

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Government
7:48 am
Fri May 3, 2013

US Attorney Prepared To Go To Court Over Kansas' New Gun Law

On April 26, US Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback that states the new Kansas law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional. That new law took effect April 25, just one day earlier.

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

The new law declares the federal government has no authority to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas. The law also makes it a felony for a federal agent to enforce any law, regulation, order or treaty covering those items.

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Government
12:01 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Holder To Brownback: New Kansas Law Is Unconstitutional

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that a new state law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional and that the federal government is willing to go to court over the issue.

The U.S. attorney's office for Kansas on Thursday released a copy of a letter from Holder to Brownback.

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Education
7:02 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Analysis: Kansas Higher Ed Budget Tied To Sales Tax

Kansas higher education officials are depending upon Gov. Brownback to convince lawmakers to preserve money for public universities and colleges.

Brownback toured university and community college campuses last week to highlight education's importance to the state economy.

The governor and other Republicans want Kansas to phase out individual income taxes over the next few years.

To replace that lost funding, Gov. Brownback wants to make a temporary sales tax that's set to expire in July permanent.

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Education
6:50 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Brownback Wants Higher Education Funding Left Uncut

Gov. Sam Brownback speaking on the WSU campus Monday about the need to leave higher education funding at its current level.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Gov. Sam Brownback met with leaders at Wichita State University Monday to solicit support for his funding proposal that would help maintain state dollars for higher education.

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Crime and Courts
6:28 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Human Trafficking Laws Updated

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill to combat human trafficking and exploitation of underage sex workers.

The governor signed the bill Monday, saying it will provide increased criminal penalties and services for victims of sexual exploitation.

"This would not only strengthen our ability to severly punish traffickers," said Brownback. "It would give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break the cycle of exploitation."

The bill modifies Kansas human trafficking laws passed nearly a decade ago.

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Education
6:26 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Brownback Visiting Kansas Universities With A Funding Push

Gov. Sam Brownback will start a tour of the state's universities this week to pitch his funding proposal to lawmakers.

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