Historic Places
4:35 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

State Finance Council Approves Sale Of Dillon House

Credit Stephen Koranda

The State Finance Council Monday approved the sale of a historic building across the street from the Kansas Statehouse.

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12:07 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Hutchinson Works To Ban Public Nudity

The Hutchinson City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would ban public nudity in the city.

The Hutchinson News reports the ordinance before the council tomorrow includes very specific definitions of what constitutes public nudity.

City Attorney Paul Brown says laws against disturbing the peace and lewd and lascivious behavior don't address the issue.

Brown acknowledges the city doesn't have a serious public nudity problem, but he says police occasionally get calls about someone nude in public.

7:02 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Moran Sponsors Bill Extending Tax Breaks for Food Donations

A committee in the U.S. Senate will consider legislation co-sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran and aimed at using tax credits to increase donations to food banks. The legislation would expand tax credits for businesses that donate food.

The credit is only allowed for certain businesses, but has been temporarily expanded to other businesses until the end of this year. The bill would make that expansion permanent, and make farmers eligible to use the credit.

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11:43 am
Fri August 2, 2013

If You Have a Kansas Permit, You Can Now Also Carry Your Gun In Wyoming

Kansas concealed carry permit holders will now be allowed to carry their weapons in Wyoming.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says that Wyoming has become the 32nd state to honor permits issued in Kansas. The decision is a result of legislation Kansas lawmakers passed this year.

The law recognizes all valid out-of-state permits when a non-resident permit holder is traveling in Kansas. The new state law also requires people with concealed carry permits who move to Kansas to obtain a Kansas-issued license to legally continue carrying concealed guns.

Voting Laws
4:44 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kobach Considering Rule to Create Two Classes of Voters

Voter registration applications for more than 12,000 people in Kansas are on hold because of missing documents that could prove U.S. citizenship. A law that took effect this year requires people who register to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he's considering a rule that could allow those voters to cast ballots in certain elections.

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7:29 am
Thu August 1, 2013

State Revenue Collections Exceed Estimates By $3M

Kansas officials say revenue collections beat estimates by more than $3 million dollars last month.

The Department of Revenue says July's figures were boosted by strong sales tax collections, which were $9.1 million higher than expected.

Individual income tax collections topped expectations by $3.4 million dollars.

But corporate income taxes came in $1 million dollars below the figure predicted by economists and researchers.

7:26 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Kansas Delegation Leery of Huelskamp's Constitutional Amendment To Gay Marriage

Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp's bill seeking a constitutional amendment to gay marriage is picking up support, but not from Kansas colleagues.

Huelskamp's bill has picked up at least 47 co-sponsors in the U.S. House since its introduction a month ago.

But co-sponsors from Kansas are absent from this list.

U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says he strongly believes in defending traditional marriage and is looking at the amendment carefully.

Representatives Kevin Yoder and Lynn Jenkins declined comment.

Court Appointments
5:41 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Lawmaker Pledges Scrutiny Of Court Nominee

A key Kansas lawmaker is promising that Gov. Sam Brownback's next appointee to the state Court of Appeals will be thoroughly scrutinized during a special legislative session.

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7:11 am
Mon July 29, 2013

You Won't Be Able To Deduct Your Gambling Losses For Much Longer

Kansas gamblers will still be able to deduct part of their losses on their income tax forms this year, but starting next year that deduction is gone.

Doing away with the little-used gambling deduction was a popular idea among lawmakers during their session.

The bill that included gambling losses cut most deductions by 30 percent for the 2013 calendar year.

7:09 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Kansas One Of The 'Knife-Friendliest States' In The Nation

Kansas residents may now carry switchblades, daggers and other types of knives in most public places.

The law took effect July 1.

A group called Knife Rights was the driving force behind the change. The group says the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear knives as well as firearms.

Knife Rights lobbyist Todd Rathner says the law makes Kansas one of the knife-friendliest states in the nation because it also prohibits local governments from enforcing any type of knife ordinance.