The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted 6-4 Thursday against moving forward with a rezoning request regarding the former Tiller clinic in east Wichita. The vote came after more than an hour of discussion.
Commissioner Chuck Warren asked his colleagues where they draw the line between how the clinic will affect the neighborhood and protecting the private property rights of a business owner.
Warren told the Commission he thought they should explore options with a public hearing, which the commissioners voted down.
Librarians at the state library want to remind residents they can access legislative documents and information with a simple phone call.
For nearly 40 years the State Library of Kansas has operated the toll free legislative hotline that connects Kansans with a state reference librarian.
Residents can access state information on government, legislation and public policy. They can also leave messages for legislators our request documents like voting records, committee agendas and copies of bills.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission is expected to consider a request Thursday to rezone the clinic that formerly belonged to assassinated doctor, George Tiller. He performed abortions at the facility in east Wichita.
A representative from Kansans for Life and the new owner of the medical clinic are expected to address the commission.
Supporters say a bill to require some recipients of state benefits to be tested for drug use will help people improve their lives, not punish them.
Senate Vice President Jeff King told the Commerce Committee Wednesday that the proposals in Senate Bill 149 will help those receiving assistance payments or unemployment benefits to receive treatment and find employment.
The Kansas Senate could vote on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal this week, but it is unclear if the provision that cuts income tax rates can pass the House.
To balance the budget, the bill would eliminate some income tax deductions and keep the sales tax elevated. But Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says House members are cool to keeping the sales tax.
“Of course we’re a long way from the finish, and the finish changes a lot of thinking, but right now I don’t see a lot of appetite out here to retain the sales tax,” he says.