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Government
8:42 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Judge Eric Melgren To Hear Arguments Over Voter Citizenship Law

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will hear arguments on Friday in a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the national voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona counterpart Ken Bennett want instructions on the federal form that requires Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Kobach and Bennett want these changes made before next year's mid-term elections.

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Government
8:34 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Kansas Delegation Split On House Budget Bill

The all-Republican Kansas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives was evenly split on the House's budget bill.

Congressmen Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill.

Both said one reason was because it undoes some of the sequestration cuts that took effect earlier this year.

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins supported the agreement because it cuts long-term spending, and she says there would be increases in short-term spending with or without this bill.

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State Finance Council
5:41 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

State Delays Land Purchases

State officials on Thursday put on hold the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's purchases of two large parcels of land in northeast and southeast Kansas over concerns about the timing of the sales and lack of legislative input.

The state finance council delayed its decision after several legislators on the council said some of their colleagues questioned the purchases. The council includes top House and Senate leaders and Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Government
8:41 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Concealed Guns Now Allowed In 91 Out Of 107 Public Buildings In Wichita

Wichita will allow concealed guns in nearly all of its city-owned buildings including libraries, recreational centers, CityArts and the Wichita Art Museum.

The city council voted on Tuesday to allow people carrying concealed guns in all but 16 of 107 city-owned buildings, beginning Jan. 1.

The Wichita Eagle reports that council member Janet Miller called the vote a "tragedy."

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Government
8:39 am
Tue December 10, 2013

KBI Says 'Kyle Smith No Longer With Agency'

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says its third-highest administrator no longer works at the agency.

KBI spokesman Mark Malick says deputy director Kyle Smith "is no longer employed by the KBI." Malick was a special agent-in-charge at the KBI.

Malick says the KBI's human resources office issued a notice Nov. 26 that Smith no longer worked at the agency.

It's unclear if Smith resigned or was terminated. Malick said he could not discuss the circumstances of Smith's departure because it's a personnel matter.

Kansas Corporation Commission
5:11 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

KCC Chairman Resigns

The chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission has announced he will resign. Mark Sievers has chaired the regulatory board since 2011.

The KCC regulates utilities including electricity, natural gas and telecommunications.

The organization has recently been involved in some controversies. A month ago, a Shawnee County judge fined the agency for violating the state's open meetings act by using a system in which some proposals were approved behind closed doors.

Criminal Sentencing
5:42 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Legislator Proposes Change To 'Hard 50'

A proposal for strengthening the "Hard 50" murder sentencing law in Kansas is likely to be considered next year by legislators.

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Disability Services
3:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

National Council On Disability Studies Kansas Policies

A federal board that studies disability issues has been meeting in Topeka.

The National Council on Disability advises Congress and the president on matters affecting Americans with disabilities.

Gary Blumenthal is a member of the council and a former Kansas legislator. He says the group chose to meet in Kansas because of policies affecting people with disabilities, like the state's overhauled Medicaid program now managed by private companies.

U.S. Congress
4:34 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Roberts Wants Farm Bill Talks to Resume

Republican Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he isn't satisfied with the pace of negotiations on the farm bill.

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Security
4:10 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Audit Finds IT Security Traded for State Worker Convenience

An audit has found some state of Kansas agencies lacking when it comes to Internet technology security.

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