Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Saturday showed his frustration with part of the state budget passed by the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature by vetoing the entire Department of Corrections allotment for fiscal year 2015.
Brownback signed the bill containing a budget of more than $14 billion for each of the next two fiscal years, starting in July.
Although the governor used his power to veto multiple line items, most of the decisions made by lawmakers about spending will take effect.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto provisions in the proposed state budget.
Schmidt says he and county prosecutors object to two provisions that would take funds from his agency. One is a provision that diverts $600,000 in fees from applications for concealed carry permits. Schmidt says the money shouldn't be used for general government programs.
Legislation that cuts Kansas income taxes over the next five years is now law.
Gov. Brownback signed House Bill 2059 this morning during a signing ceremony at a construction site in Overland Park. Brownback followed that event up with a signing ceremony this afternoon at the McGinty Machine Company in downtown Wichita.
Kansas lawmakers spared early childhood programs from the budget axe this year, but advocates for those programs say children didn't fare well overall in the 2013 legislative session.
The top concern, according to April Holman of the non-profit Kansas Action for Children, is that lawmakers balanced the budget using more than $9 million dollars that should have gone into an endowment for early childhood funding.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has failed to gain authority to prosecute election fraud allegations. The state House rejected a bill that contained his proposal.
Legislators approved similar versions of Kobach's proposals earlier this year. However, negotiators tied new authority for his office to another measure about collecting DNA samples from criminal suspects.
Some Republican lawmakers said collecting DNA from suspects violates the suspects' civil liberties.
Other House members didn't want to give Kobach the expanded authority.