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Government
6:23 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Kansas Will Do Less Internal Borrowing To Pay Its Bills This Year

The state of Kansas will need to do less internal borrowing next fiscal year to pay the state's bills. Tuesday, a group made up of legislators and the governor approved $300 million in transfers for the new fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Every year tax collections go up and down month to month, meaning the state has to temporarily move money from various programs into the general fund to pay the bills. Those transfers have been going down in recent years. Gov. Sam Brownback says that’s good.

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2014 Election
6:03 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Brownback Expected To Seek Second Term

A top political supporter confirms that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will seek a second term next year.

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Government
7:42 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Sen. Knox Defends His Concealed Carry Law Before Legislature

The architect of the new Kansas concealed-carry gun law used the final day of the 2013 legislative session Thursday to respond to his critics.

Republican Senator Forrest Knox of Altoona, Kan.,  urged local governments, schools and courts to abide by the letter and the spirit of the law.

"Armed and law-abiding citizens in Kansas are not a problem," Knox says. "Matter of fact, they're a solution, when trouble comes."

He says the law is intended to enhance public safety.

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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.

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