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5:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

UPDATE: Bill Expanding Concealed Carry Heads To Governors Desk

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Update from AP: 

A proposal to allow Kansas residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit has won final approval from the Legislature.

The measure was headed to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback despite some lawmakers' misgivings about the state dropping its requirement that anyone seeking to carry a concealed firearm undergo at least eight hours of training.

Brownback's office didn't say what his plans are, but he's signed every other major gun-rights measure sent to him since taking office in January 2011.

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Government
4:28 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Non-Profit Leaders Host Mayoral Forum

Mayoral Candidate Jeff Longwell, Non-profit Chamber of Service Executive Director Tim Witsman and Mayoral Candidate Sam Williams speak during a forum at the Wichita Boat House.
Credit Beth Golay

At a Mayoral Forum in Wichita on Wednesday, both candidates fielded several questions, including how to grow the economy and generate jobs. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

At a luncheon filled with non-profit business leaders, Wichita City Council’s Jeff Longwell says it’s incredibly important to try to maintain aviation jobs.

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Government
1:30 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

House Advances Bill To Reduce Civil Service Protections

Credit Stephen Koranda

Two bills that could limit public employee protections advanced in the Kansas Legislature on Tuesday while a strict reform to public employee collective bargaining stalled in the Senate.

The House voted 71-53 to give first-round approval to a bill that would allow state agencies to remove civil service protections for new workers and employees changing positions.

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Government
2:08 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

USDA Official Disagrees With Brownback On Food-Stamp Funding

Governor Sam Brownback and a federal official disagreed publicly on Monday about how food stamp funds ought to be distributed to states.

Their disagreement took place at a Topeka news conference to announce a federal grant.

Heartland Health Monitor's Jim McLean reports...

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Government
1:47 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Brownback Isn't Concerned By Unbalanced Budget Bills In Kansas Legislature

Credit Stephen Koranda

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he isn’t concerned by budget bills in the House and Senate that aren’t balanced. The chambers are considering bills that would require a tax increase to keep the state out of the red. That comes after lawmakers cut taxes in recent years. As Stephen Koranda reports, Brownback fielded some questions about the budget at an event in Topeka on Monday.

Brownback does not seem phased by the budget bills. He says lawmakers will fill the deficit, like the Kansas Constitution requires.

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Government
12:42 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Face Legislative Deadline This Week

Credit Stephen Koranda

It will be a busy week for Kansas lawmakers as they try to beat a legislative deadline on Wednesday. As Stephen Koranda reports, they’ll be working mostly on the floor of the House and Senate this week passing bills.

This is one of several significant deadlines Kansas lawmakers face during the session. A bill has to have passed both chambers, in some form, to survive the deadline. Most bills that haven’t passed both chambers are lost for the session.

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Government
1:40 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Kansas House Committee Votes To Ease Concealed Carry Rules

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A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill that would allow people over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm in Kansas without a permit. State law currently requires training and a background check before residents can carry a concealed gun.

Republican Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady says Kansans shouldn’t have to ask for permission from the government to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

“And I think the citizens of Kansas have proved that they are able to safely carry concealed without problems,” says Couture-Lovelady.

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Government
1:33 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Kansas House Panel Passes Budget Requiring Tax Increases

Credit Stephen Koranda

A Kansas panel has endorsed a $6.4 billion-dollar budget that will not balance without tax increases.

The House Appropriations Committee approved the plan on Tuesday.

The budget would fall about $133 million dollars short if the Legislature does not increase taxes on alcohol and cigarettes as Governor Sam Brownback has recommended.

Representative Virgil Peck said that he would not support a budget that increases spending without having secured the revenues to pay for it.

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Government
1:28 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Move To Restrict Collective Bargaining

State Senator Julia Lynn
Credit http://kslegislature.org

The Senate Commerce Committee is considering a proposal to restrict collective bargaining between public employees and state and local government agencies.

Chairwoman Julia Lynn says the Committee will debate the measure during its meeting today. Lynn believes the Republican-dominated panel supports the bill.

The measure would limit contract talks between government agencies and unions to minimum pay for workers.

Employers could determine other issues themselves, including how workers are evaluated.

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Government
4:31 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Wichita City Council Moves Forward With Animal Control Advisory Board

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The Wichita City Council is moving forward with an Animal Control Advisory Board, which would report to the police department and city council members.

The proposed advisory board would consist of nine members, including a representative from the city, a licensed veterinarian, and residents.

Wichita Police Captain Doug Nolte says aggressive dogs are a big problem, and that the city’s animal control system could use help in addressing those concerns.

Number of reported bites investigated by Wichita Animal Control:

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