Government

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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Kansas Bureau of Investigation
5:58 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Budget Includes KBI Projects

The budget approved by Kansas lawmakers over the weekend includes funding for two priorities of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:28 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Kobach Denied Authority To Prosecute Election Fraud

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.

2013 Legislative Session
6:25 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Legislature Passes Budget In Final Hours Of 2013 Session

The Kansas Legislature narrowly passed a two-year state budget over the weekend and wrapped up the 2013 legislative session. 

The single biggest responsibility lawmakers have every year is to pass a state budget. It was questionable whether this proposal could pass the House. The chamber’s leadership was putting pressure on Republicans to pass the budget, saying if they didn’t pass one over the weekend the state could miss payments, like a payment for state worker health insurance.

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Government
3:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Bill Would Create Review Panel For Board Of Education Decisions

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has introduced legislation that would pause the implementation of new Common Core Education standards. The bill the committee introduced Friday would create an 11-member legislative panel to review the State Board of Education's decisions on any new education standards.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:38 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Still No Resolution On Sales Tax Issue

The Kansas House has rejected a new proposal to decrease the sales tax on groceries while keeping sales tax for other items at 6.3 percent.

The House voted 94-18 last night on the measure; it would have allowed further cuts in personal income taxes, in addition to the cuts made last year.

The proposal would have also decreased the sales tax on groceries to 4.9 percent in October.

The current, elevated sales tax is set to drop back down to 5.7 percent in July. Lawmakers raised it to 6.3 percent last year to offset income tax cuts.

2013 Legislative Session
6:34 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Gridlock In Statehouse, Session Could Run Into June

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says no new tax proposals have emerged from his survey of dozens of Republicans.

Merrick met Republicans in small groups Wednesday after the House rejected a proposal to the lower the state sales tax from 6.3 percent to 6 percent in July. It's currently scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent on July 1.

Merrick says House GOP leaders don't yet have a new plan. Lawmakers involved in the meetings said House Republicans expressed a variety of positions.

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Government
6:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

KS Early Childhood Programs Are Almost Out Of Money

As Kansas lawmakers continue to search for common ground on a budget, an advocacy group says the long-term future of early childhood programs is at stake.

So far, the competing versions of a state budget for 2014 have all included Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to transfer $9.5 million dollars from the Children’s Initiative Fund to the State General Fund.

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Taxes
6:04 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

House Turns Down Tax Compromise

The Kansas House has rejected a plan for cutting personal income taxes further and for setting the state's sales tax at 6 percent.

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Government
6:20 am
Tue May 28, 2013

New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway

Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.

It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.

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