Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says the Kansas Department of Agriculture will move most of its offices to Manhattan a little more than a year from now.
Rodman could not be reached for comment on the decision, but a news release from his office says the agency will keep its main administrative office in Topeka. Most of its programs will move to Manhattan where officials can work closely with Kansas State University.
A bill that would exempt private health clubs and gyms from property taxes has stalled in a committee.
Wednesday, a conference committee working on tax issues decided not to take up the health club measure.
Supporters of the bill, including health club owners, say they face competition from tax-free organizations like the YMCA and publicly owned health clubs. The controversial legislation prompted hundreds of emails about the issue to lawmakers.
The Kansas Senate has approved new restrictions on abortion providers.
Senators voted 29-11 Tuesday on a bill blocking tax breaks for clinics that provide abortions.
The legislation also keeps groups affiliated with abortion from furnishing materials or instructors for sex education classes in public schools.
The measure also spells out in greater detail which information doctors must provide to patients before performing abortions-- including information about a now-debunked potential link between abortion and breast cancer.
Starting next year, states will be able to take part in a sweeping expansion of the health care program Medicaid, and the federal government will pick up most of the cost. But it's still not clear if that expansion will take place in Kansas, where the state's Medicaid program is known as KanCare.
As Lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback consider the expansion, some Kansans are trying to make their voices heard.
State health officials are working to quiet concerns that a bill would allow for the quarantine of people with HIV.
The bill is aimed at protecting emergency responders, making it easier to test an accident victim's blood to test for HIV or other infectious diseases. But, some were concerned that the bill removed long standing protections for persons with HIV/AIDS, and might open the door for them to be quarantined.