Government

Child Support Enforcement
5:49 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Brownback Donor Gets Child Support Contract

A Mississippi company run by one of Gov. Sam Brownback's donors has been awarded one of the four contracts to privatize Kansas child support enforcement.

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Gun Laws
6:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

City Council Approves Concealed-Carry Exemption

The city of Wichita won't allow people to bring concealed firearms into public buildings until at least early next year.

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Government
8:13 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Kobach Says Kansas' Voter ID Law Unaffected By Supreme Court Decision

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters can still be enforced, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a similar law in Arizona.

The Supreme Court said the Arizona law conflicted with federal voting laws.

Kobach says the Kansas law differs enough from Arizona's version that the court's decision Monday doesn't apply to Kansas.

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Secretary of State
5:47 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Kobach Seeks Protest Investigation

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked for an investigation into an immigration reform protest held outside his Wyandotte County home.

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2013 Legislative Session
8:39 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Brownback Signs 2-Year Budget

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.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New Kansas Political Party Proposed

A Manhattan man says he wants moderates of both the Democratic and Republican parties to form a new political party in Kansas.

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Government
6:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Kansas Attorney General To Governor: Don't Cut My Budget

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.

He also opposes a salary cap for state agencies.

Government
2:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Gov. Brownback Signs Tax Bill Into Law: Lower Income Tax, Higher Sales Tax

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.

Read a summary of the bill here.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:18 am
Thu June 6, 2013

2013 Session Mixed For Kansas Children’s Advocates

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.

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Taxes
3:36 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

House Tax Chair Responds To Claims About Tax Plan

The chair of the Kansas House Tax Committee is responding to some Democrats' claims about the tax plan passed by the Legislature last weekend.

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