Government

Bio- And Agro-Defense Facility
5:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Gov's Office Lobbies For NBAF Bond Support

Gov. Sam Brownback's chief of staff says the latest cost estimates for a new, national biosecurity lab and commitments from federal officials about its funding are "pretty solid."

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Government
9:14 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Kansas Senate Committee Adds Restrictions To Bonds For Bio-Security Lab

The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved a bill Wednesday that authorizes an additional $202 million in bonds for a national bio-defense lab, but only after adding limits designed to address concerns by conservative Republicans.

Kansas has authorized $105 million in bonds for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University. Gov. Brownback and his aides have noted that in 2009,l  Kansas agreed  to pick up part of the cost as it and multiple states competed for the project.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers May Miss Their Deadline To Finish Session

Kansas lawmakers just returned to the Statehouse on Wednesday, but already it looks like a disagreement on taxes could push the session past lawmakers' 80-day deadline.

House and Senate Republicans disagree on whether to extend a temporary sales tax increase. It's set to expire on July 1, and House leaders want to let it end as planned. Republican leaders in both chambers want to lower income tax rates, and Senators say keeping the sales tax elevated allows the state to lower income tax rates more quickly.

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Medicaid
5:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Advocates For Developmentally Disabled Rally Against KanCare

More than 1,000 advocates for the developmentally disabled are rallying at the Kansas Statehouse to urge officials to maintain the current system for providing services.

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Judicial Appointments
5:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Democrats Skeptical About Supreme Court Change

The Kansas House's top Democrat says he doubts supporters of changing the process for selecting state Supreme Court justices can muster enough support to get a measure passed.

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Government
1:37 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

King And Kinzer Working For Compromise on Judicial Appointments Bill

The chairmen of the Kansas House and Senate Judiciary committees say they're still pursuing changes in how state Supreme Court justices are selected.

Senator Jeff King of Independence and Representative Lance Kinzer of Olathe said Tuesday that they're working on a compromise for changing the state constitution to alter the selection system.

The Senate has approved the measure, which would change the to have the governor appoint the justices, subject to Senate confirmation.

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Education
6:05 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Brownback Continues Higher Ed Tour

Gov. Sam Brownback is continuing his statewide tour aimed at building support for protecting cuts to the Kansas higher education system.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:57 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Kobach Office Could Get Expanded Power Soon

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he is close to winning legislative approval for new power for his office to investigate and prosecute election fraud cases. 

Secretary of State Kobach said Friday he's optimistic lawmakers will approve the bill when they reconvene this week to wrap up their business for the year.

The House and Senate have approved different versions of Kobach's bill, setting up negotiations over the final version. Lead House negotiator Lance Kinzer said Kobach's proposal is on track to pass.

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Government
1:05 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Brigadier General Reddel: It's Time to Memorialize President Eisenhower

The man leading efforts to build a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower says conflicts about the design shouldn't derail the effort.

Retired Brigadier General Carl Reddel spoke yesterday at the Dole Institute in Lawrence, saying "it's about time that we do this." Reddel is the executive director of the memorial commission. He said the proposed $142 million memorial would celebrate Eisenhower's success as a general and a president.

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Government
7:56 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Brownback To Holder: 'Kansans Hold Dear Their Right To Bear Arms'

Gov. Sam Brownback has told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a new Kansas gun law aimed at reining in the federal government has broad support in the state.

Brownback sent a letter Thursday to Holder defending the law, which took effect last week.

He said Kansans hold dear their right to bear arms.

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