Government

Government
1:16 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

A Smorgasbord Of Gun Bills Up For Vote In Kansas House

House chambers
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House is preparing to vote on three proposals to change state gun regulations.

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Taxes
4:09 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House Tax Plan Differs From Brownback's Proposal

The Kansas House will soon be considering a tax plan that's very different from one proposed by Governor Sam Brownback.

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Government
5:55 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Where And When You Can Vote In The April Election

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Spring elections are drawing near and starting Wednesday the Sedgwick County Elections office will mail out advance voting applications.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the ballots will go out through March 29, the Friday before the election.

"We just ask when you fill out that application to be sure that you read the instructions and complete it so we don't have a delay in getting your ballot out to you," she says.

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Education
3:27 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

House Committee Votes To Reduce Higher Ed Funding

A Kansas House committee has voted to eliminate around $30 million from the state's colleges and universities.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:52 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Kan. House Committee Looks To Make Cuts In Budget

A Kansas House committee is crafting that chamber's version of the state budget, and more cuts are on the table. The committee is looking at a series of spending cut proposals requested by Gov. Sam Brownback last summer.

The Brownback administration requested state agencies prepare contingency plans and submit proposals for what they would do if the budget needed a 10 percent cut. Now, some members of the House Appropriations Committee are looking through those proposals for ideas to reduce spending.

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Legislation
3:28 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Strip Club Bill Dies In House Committee

A bill creating new regulations for strip clubs failed today Friday in a Kansas House committee.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Kan. Liquor Store Owners Oppose Bill That Would Expand Sales

The proposed change to Kansas liquor law would allow wine and spirits to be sold in groceries and convenience stores.
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A proposed change to Kansas alcohol laws would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and liquor. Currently, wine and spirits are only available at dedicated liquor stores.

A House committee heard from supporters and opponents of the bill Thursday.

The committee room was packed with people interested in the bill, including Jon McCormick with the Kansas Food Dealers Association. McCormick told legislators that current laws cause some Kansans to drive across the state line to buy alcohol.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Kan. House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

There was standing room only for a committee hearing on a bill that would limit Kansas teacher's bargaining rights.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

A Kansas House committee has heard from supporters and opponents of a bill that would limit the bargaining rights of teachers.

The legislation would cut back on the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five. Supporters of the change say it will allow administrators to allocate resources and respond to demands on the education system.

Ken Willard is a member of the Kansas Board of Education and he headed a school efficiency task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Legislation
3:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Bill Allowing Concealed Guns In Public Buildings Advances

A Kansas legislative committee has advanced a bill that would expand the number of public buildings in which concealed weapons are allowed.

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Government
7:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

What KanCare Could Do For Thousands On The Disability Waiting List

Oscar Vaquera-Linke drinks a high-protein smoothie for breakfast. His mother Angelina says the protein helps him focus.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Kansas continues to have a lengthy waiting list for services for people with disabilities, but advocates are hoping the list will be addressed thanks to a clause in KanCare that earmarks savings for disability services.

According to the last report issued in May 2012 by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, 4,994 Kansans with developmental disabilities were on a waiting list for services, and some have been waiting for more than eight years. They’re waiting for services like residential and employment support, respite care and personal assistance.

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