The chairman of the Kansas House Elections Committee says he's disappointed that the Department of Revenue no longer plans to require people to provide proof of legal U.S. residence to renew their driver's licenses.
Olathe Republican Scott Schwab says legislators assumed the driver's license requirement was coming when they enacted a law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.
A recent audit says the state has mishandled an economic development program. And in response, Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration will look at possible changes.
The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the PEAK program, short for Promoting Employment Across Kansas. It provides tax incentives for companies creating jobs in the state. The audit says the program overspent its $6 million budget for incentives last fiscal year by $1.5 million. Gov. Brownback says his office is studying the report.
Topeka Democrat Ann Mah kicked off her campaign for the Kansas House Monday.
Mah served in the House for eight years before losing to Topeka Republican Ken Corbet by only 21 votes last November.
Mah was the Legislature's most vocal critic of Secretary of State Kris Kobach. A political action committee formed by Kobach backed Corbet.
After the 2012 election, Mah fought successfully in court to obtain the names of voters whose ballots had been set aside by election officials, in hopes of contacting them and helping them correct problems.
A panel appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback is recommending several strategies for reducing childhood poverty, including strengthening marriages, improving educational opportunities and reforming welfare-to-work programs.
KPERS executive director Alan Conroy told state lawmakers Wednesday that deferred losses from the market collapse in 2008 are mostly to blame for the system's unfunded liability increase to $10.2 billion.