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Government
4:30 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

City Council Approves Landfill Contract, Increasing Capacity

The Wichita City Council approved a new contract Tuesday with Greengroup to operate a construction and demolition landfill in northwest Wichita.

Greengroup, formerly Herzog Environmental, has operated the landfill since 2001. The landfill will continue with current staff.

Don Henry, assistant director of Public Works and Utilities, told the council the contract includes ongoing operations of the landfill and provides for the opening of a new construction and demolition cell.

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Government
1:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Senate Committee Approves Gov. Brownback's Tax Plan

The Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation committee endorsed most of Gov.  Sam Brownback's tax plan Tuesday.  The committee spent fewer than 10 minutes discussing the governor's proposals before approving the bill.  The legislation could move to the full senate for debate next week.

Gov. Brownback wants to phase out personal income taxes in Kansas over the next four years. The committee kept the governor's call to balance the tax cuts by making a temporary sales tax hike permanent. However, they cut his proposal to eliminate an income tax deduction for property taxes on homes.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:50 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill Bars Use Of Tax Dollars to Lobby KS Legislature

Opponents and supporters of the bill packed a committee room at the Kansas Statehouse.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Supporters and opponents of a bill that would bar local governments and public entities from spending tax dollars on lobbying gathered Monday.

The bill would affect the abilities of cities, counties and universities to support or oppose legislation and make it a crime to spend public money on lobbying.

Manhattan Mayor Loren Pepperd says lobbying helped them get an airport, and allows them to stay on top of what’s happening in Topeka.

He says he talks to their local lawmakers, but that’s not enough.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:27 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Legislative Committee Considers Ban On Sex-Selective Abortions

Abortion opponents are urging a Kansas Senate committee to back legislation barring doctors from terminating pregnancies solely because a woman doesn't want a baby of a certain sex.

Monday's hearing by the Public Health and Welfare Committee began a push by anti-abortion groups and legislators for new restrictions on abortion and abortion providers.

The bill on so-called "sex-selection abortions" would make it a misdemeanor the first time a doctor was caught performing such a procedure. Doctors also could face lawsuits from family members of abortion patients.

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Legislation
3:44 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Democrats Unveil Jobs Proposals

Democrats in the Legislature have unveiled their jobs proposals for this session.

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Taxes
3:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

House Dems Spur Debate On Tax Plan

In the Kansas House Friday, work on a technical bill that would make adjustments to last year's tax cut turned into a debate over Governor Sam Brownback's latest tax plan.

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Government
1:23 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Rep. Mike Pompeo Added To U.S. Intelligence Committee

Rep. Mike Pompeo issued a press release Friday saying that House Speaker John Boehner is putting him the committee that oversees the U.S. Intelligence Agency.

The committee is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, which includes the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the CIA, NSA, and more than a dozen other elements of the U.S. Government, as well as the Military Intelligence Program.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:35 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Bill Would Bar Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws In Kansas

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Kansas Lawmakers considered a series of bills aimed at protecting gun rights Thursday.

One measure would ban local governments from passing laws that restrict the open carry of firearms. Another bill bars the enforcement of federal gun laws in Kansas. 

"The intent of the provision is in the event that a Federal entity would declare gun confiscation, it's hands off if the gun is owned in Kansas," said Patricia Stoneking of the Kansas State Rifle Association.

The bills will now be considered by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.

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Senate
4:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

KU Cancer Center Recognizes Wagle

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle was recognized at the Statehouse Thursday for her support of cancer research.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:48 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Committee Backs Gov's Reorganization Of Juvenile Justice Authority

A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.

Brownback signed an order last month to move the Juvenile Justice Authority inside the Department of Corrections. The JJA is currently an independent agency.

Supporters of the reorganization point to legislative audits that showed repeated safety and security problems in a facility run by the JJA.

Representative John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee, says the move is needed to improve the agency.

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