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6:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Group Updating KS Tax Collection Estimates

A group meeting on Monday will update estimates for Kansas tax collections. The revenue predictions let lawmakers know how much money they have to spend as they write the state budget. Stephen Koranda reports...

The Kansas Consensus Revenue Estimating Group is made up of members of the governor's administration, non-partisan legislative researchers and economists from universities in Kansas. They meet twice per year.

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Government
6:58 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Court: Proof Of Citizenship Not Required On Federal Voter Forms

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According to a decision issued by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Election Assistance Commission will not be forced to add proof of citizenship requirements to federal voter registration forms in Kansas or Arizona.

In short, the ruling means voters in Kansas and Arizona will be able to register for federal elections without presenting proof of citizenship—usually in the form of a birth certificate or passport—creating a loophole.

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Government
2:09 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Postpones Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday indefinitely postponed a hearing in a same-sex marriage case because of a federal judge's order in a separate lawsuit barring the state from enforcing its constitutional same-sex marriage ban.

The ban remains in effect because the judge stayed his decision to allow the state to appeal, which it did. The Kansas court was to hear arguments in its case Thursday but will now consider whether to defer to the federal courts.

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Government
9:12 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Revenue Shortfalls May Force Spending Cuts

State tax collections generated $23 million less than expected in the month of October. As Jim McLean reports, the revenue shortfall makes it more likely that the governor and lawmakers will be forced to consider spending cuts when the legislative session begins in January.

 

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Government
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Advance Voting Problems Arise At Sedgwick County Zoo

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  Some people who went to the Sedgwick County Zoo for advance voting in Wichita on Tuesday experienced problems when trying to vote. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the problem was not with the voting machines.

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Government
7:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Benefits Of Wichita's One-Cent Sales Tax Referendum Debated At Local Luncheon

The Wichita Independent Business Association hosted the luncheon at the Wichita Boathouse.
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The Wichita Independent Business Association hosted a debate on Tuesday over Wichita's one-cent sales tax referendum. The tax will be featured on November’s ballot and if passed, would help expand the city's water supply, as well as fund transit, street improvements and job creation. 

The tax is worth roughly $400 million over five years. The lion’s share is intended for the city’s future water supply, but the most controversial part of the referendum has been the $80 million allotted for job creation.

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Government
6:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

ACLU To Challenge KS Same Sex Marriage Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas appears to be close to filing a lawsuit aimed at overturning the Kansas' ban on same sex marriage. Stephen Koranda reports:

Johnson County, Kansas, has attracted a lot of attention after a judge there ordered workers to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

But Doug Bonney, with the ACLU of Kansas, says it doesn't look like other counties are following suit.

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Government
5:19 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Johnson County Judge Allows Same-Sex Marriage Licenses To Be Issued

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After Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to turn away same-sex marriage appeals in five states, which looked to make the unions illegal, a judge in Kansas is now allowing same-sex marriage licenses to be issued. 

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Government
12:03 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Sedgwick County Turning Away Same-Sex Marriage License Seekers

The Sedgwick County Courthouse is turning away same-sex couples who are seeking marriage licenses.

Kerry Wilks and Donna Ditrani, along with their minister, went to the Wichita courthouse yesterday. After the clerk refused to give them paperwork to get a marriage license, the couple said they would be happy to "join the cause" as plaintiffs in a lawsuit expected to be filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, challenging the Kansas ban.

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Government
5:33 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Announcement Could Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Kansas

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  The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday morning that they would not move forward with same-sex marriage appeals in five states, which looked to make the unions illegal. The decision allows same-sex couples to begin applying for marriage licenses in their state. It could also mean same-sex marriage is coming to Kansas.

 Back in June, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans on same-sex marriage in both Utah and Oklahoma. Appeals brought before the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse those rulings were turned away, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in those states.

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