Government

Medicine
3:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Bill Would Require Stem Cell Center At KU Med (UPDATED)

Updated at 7:19 a.m. The Kansas House passed the bill late Tuesday evening.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:42 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Bill Changes How Kan. Court Docket Fees Are Spent

A bill passed by the Kansas House would put court docket fee money into the general fund, rather than directly to special programs.
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The Kansas House has narrowly approved a change in how some state programs are funded. Certain programs receive money from docket fees paid in the court system, but a bill in the House would instead put that docket fee money in the state general fund.

The money from docket fees goes to 14 programs, including the state Trauma Fund and the Access to Justice Fund. Supporters of the change say the docket money should instead be put into the state general fund, where lawmakers could then appropriate it to the programs.

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Education
5:21 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Scholarship Legislation Fails In Kan. House

The Kansas House has defeated legislation that would create a school choice scholarship program funded by corporate donations.

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Kansas Budget
4:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Legislature Prepares For Budget Meetings

Kansas House and Senate negotiators have delayed the start of talks aimed at smoothing out differences between the budgets passed in each chamber.

The meeting originally scheduled for early Monday afternoon was canceled because the Senate had not yet officially appointed that chamber's three negotiators.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:16 am
Mon March 25, 2013

More Study Sought For Kansas Corporate Farming Laws

A Kansas statute limits corporate ownership of farms in the state. Gov. Sam Brownback is looking to overturn it.
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Kansas lawmakers have decided they need more information before making changes to the state's laws that restrict corporate farming.

A House committee decided Friday to have a judicial council review the corporate farming statute. A Senate committee, meanwhile, called for a review of the law before the 2014 legislative session.

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has been pushing to roll back the state's decades-old limits on corporate involvement in farming. Some of the state's biggest agricultural interests, including the Kansas Farm Bureau, are supporting the effort.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:42 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Kan. House, Senate Ready To Negotiate Budget Differences

The Kansas House and Senate have passed their versions of both budget and tax plans, but there's still plenty of work ahead. The two chambers will now try to smooth out differences between the plans.

Conference committees made up of three members from each chamber will work to find a compromise between the different bills. Both chambers will then consider the compromise legislation.

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Agriculture
5:45 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Legislators Want Corporate Farming Review

Kansas lawmakers have decided they need more information before making changes to the state's laws that restrict corporate farming.

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Legislation
3:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Teacher Bargaining Rights Bills Shelved

Two bills that would have cut back teachers' bargaining rights have been shelved for this session.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Committee Authorizes Bonds To Pay KPERS Debt

A state House committee has voted to authorize $1.5 billion dollars in bonds to bolster the state pension system for teachers and state government workers.

The Pensions and Benefits Committee vote was close- 7-6, and reflected a split of opinions over whether the legislation did enough to address a long-term funding gap facing the pension system.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:06 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Bill Would Allow Open Carry Anywhere In Kansas

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent local governments from barring openly carried firearms. 

The Libertarian Party of Kansas has sued the communities that bar open carry, saying their ordinances violate state law, but lawmakers are also looking at the issue. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing on the bill Thursday.

Currently, some communities ban open carry, but the bill before the committee would throw out those ordinances.

Allan Rothlisberg, a Republican from Grandview Plaza, says the Second Amendment protects open carry.

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