Government

Government
10:29 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Kansas State Objections Board Considers Allegations Over Senator Pat Robert's Residency

The State Objections Board will meet Monday to consider allegations that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not truly a Kansas resident and shouldn’t be allowed to seek re-election.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach scheduled the board meeting after four citizens filed objections to listing the three-term senator on the August 5th Republican primary ballot.

GOP tea party challenger Milton Wolf contends that Roberts lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where the senator owns a home.

Roberts and his wife own a duplex unit in Dodge City but rent it out.

Government
10:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs Bill Tweaking Workers Comp In Kansas

Brownback during the ceremonial signing of the workers compensation bill.
Credit Stephen Koranda

    

Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill allowing more workers compensation claims for firefighters and law enforcement officers.

More than 40 years ago, Kansas rewrote workers compensation laws. Part of that created a rule that said a worker couldn't collect workers comp for heart attacks or strokes related to their job unless it was caused by an unusually high level of exertion that isn't normally required for the job. 

Governor Brownback says that had an unintended consequence for some workers.

Read more
Government
10:03 am
Thu May 8, 2014

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren Refuses To Stay Order Over Voter Citizenship Laws

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Wichita refused stay his order for federal election officials to immediately enforce Kansas and Arizona laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren denied the requests from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and voting rights groups to stay his ruling while the case goes to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Melgren ordered the commission to proceed without delay on his March directive to immediately modify its national voter registration form.

Read more
Government
11:36 am
Fri May 2, 2014

State Workers Could Receive Bonus Under New Budget Deal

State lawmakers have drafted a budget deal that includes a bonus for state workers.

Three senators and three House members agreed Thursday on budget legislation. They shook a gloomy state revenue report and ignored that the state’s bond rating has been downgraded by Moody’s Investor Services.

The proposal now includes $11 million dollars to give the state’s nearly 38,000 state employees a one-time, $250 bonus.

The budget agreement also preserves guaranteed longevity bonuses for employees with at least 10 years in state government.

Government
11:49 am
Thu May 1, 2014

KS Among Red States Resisting Federal Authority

Credit Bryan Thompson

Kansas politicians have always been able to score points at the coffee shop by taking jabs at the federal government. But in today's divided America, politicians in red states like Kansas are finding that sometimes the best way to connect with voters is to advocate outright defiance of federal authority.

For more on this issue, visit our public television partners at KCPT.

Read more
Government
10:44 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Begin Work On Spending Agreement

Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have begun working on a spending agreement; they’ve also cast aside a bleak revenue report that could undermine a rosier economic forecast leaders are using to justify higher spending.

The talks started last night, just a few hours after the state Revenue Department reported that April’s tax collections totaled $92 million dollars less than expected.

State officials blamed changes in the federal tax code on capital gains and other income.

Read more
Government
11:25 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Legislative Oversight Committee To Review KanCare System

A Kansas legislative oversight committee is holding a daylong hearing to review the state’s KanCare system that provides Medicaid to poor, elderly and disabled Kansans.

The committee meeting this morning includes a discussion of the state’s waiting lists for people seeking home and community-based services, as well as recent estimates for demand for those services over the next 18 months.

Kansas privatized the program in 2013 to reduce the growth of health care costs, which are shared by state and federal sources.

Government
11:04 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Gov. Brownback's Former Chief Of Staff Maybe Involved In FBI Probe

The FBI is examining whether Governor Sam Brownback’s former chief of staff and a lobbying and consulting firm he helped found are trading on their ties to the governor to benefit themselves and others financially.

A person familiar with the inquiry told The Associated Press the FBI has been looking for several months into the activities of Brownback's confidante David Kensinger and his Topeka firm, Parallel Strategies. Kensinger and two former Brownback staffers formed last year.

Read more
Government
10:28 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Gov. Brownback Vetoes Budget; Lawmakers To Resume Session To Work On Revisions

Kansas lawmakers will resume their 2014 legislative session this week after a nearly month-long break. Stephen Koranda reports on what they still have left to do...

Lawmakers don't need to pass a full budget this year, because they passed a two-year budget last session. But they do need to finish at least a spending plan for the Kansas Department of Corrections.

That section of the state budget was vetoed by the governor because of cuts in corrections spending.

Read more
Government
12:39 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Two Senior Citizens Drop Lawsuit Challenging Kansas' Voter Citizenship Law

Two elderly Kansas men have dropped their lawsuit challenging a new state law that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls.

Attorney Jim Lawing said on Thursday Arthur Spry and Charles Hamner asked to have the case dismissed because it would not be heard before this year’s elections.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas City has granted their request for a dismissal.

The judge was still considering whether the case should be heard in federal court or state court, as the two men had wanted.

Read more

Pages