Government

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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Pension System
11:51 am
Thu March 21, 2013

House Drops Pension Plan

Republican legislators in Kansas who want to put new government employees in a 401(k)-style pension plan have abandoned an effort to pass legislation this year.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:29 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Kansas House Advances Cuts In Sales, Income Taxes

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill cutting sales and income taxes after rejecting a diversion of highway funds to stabilize the budget.

The bill advanced Wednesday on an 82-37 vote, suggesting it has enough support to pass on final action, which is expected Thursday.

The legislation follows up on personal income tax cuts enacted last year by promising income tax rate reductions each year that overall state revenues grow more than 2 percent.

Also, the bill allows the state sales tax to decline as scheduled in July.

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Taxes
4:13 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

House Rejects Property Tax Plan

The Kansas House Wednesday rejected a proposal by Democrats aimed at reducing the property taxes paid by Kansans.

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Abortion
3:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Kansas House Advances Abortion Bill

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to wide-ranging abortion bill.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:20 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Kansas House Considering Big Anti-Abortion Bill

Abortion-rights advocates consider the bill on the chamber's Tuesday agenda the biggest threat to abortion services proposed in the 2013 Kansas legislature.

Supporters contend the measure will lessen the state's entanglement with a procedure that many residents find objectionable.

The bill would prevent groups that provide abortions from receiving tax exemptions or credits that go to other nonprofit groups or health care providers. It would also bar women who claim income tax deductions for medical expenses from including the cost of abortion services.

Kansas House
3:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Committee Passes Bill To Overhaul Civil Service

A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill that would overhaul the state's civil service system.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:02 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Kan. House, Senate Differ on Sales Tax Issue

The Kansas House and Senate are working on two bills that would cut income taxes, but they are very different in one aspect.

The bill that passed the Senate would make permanent a temporary sales tax that's set to expire later this year. The House plan would let the sales tax expire as planned.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Republican from Hutchinson, says while significant it wouldn't be a deal breaker.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:54 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill barring public employee unions from deducting money from their members' paychecks for political purposes.

Currently, union members can have voluntary contributions automatically deducted from their paychecks to be used for political advocacy.

Some supporters of the bill say it prevents union members' dues from going to candidates or causes they don't support, and it takes government out of the business of processing the contributions.

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