Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says new federal regulations threaten home health care services in Kansas.
Schmidt asked a federal appeals court on Monday to affirm a lower court ruling that blocked new U.S. Department of Labor regulations. In a court brief, Schmidt argued the federal agency overstepped its authority by s requiring overtime pay for home health care workers and reducing the services they can provide.
A lawmaker in the Kansas House warns that a campus religious freedom bill could attract national attention like the type that has been aimed at Indiana recently. The Kansas bill would bar colleges from taking action against religious student groups that want to exclude people from their organization.
Republican Representative Stephanie Clayton urged her colleagues to vote against the bill in a House committee.
“If we pass this, we might face national backlash. It could have an adverse effect on the Kansas economy,” says Clayton.
An investigative committee had a brief meeting on Wednesday to begin looking into a complaint filed by Kansas House Republicans against a Democratic colleague. The complaint accuses Representative Valdenia Winn of using inflammatory language during a committee hearing. Stephen Koranda was at the meeting and has this report.
The complaint says Winn, from Kansas City, Kansas, stepped over the line when she said “racist bigots” were supporting a bill that would remove a college tuition break for some students in the country illegally.
The Kansas House has narrowly approved a bill Wednesday authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster the short-term financial health of the pension system for teachers and government workers. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…
The vote was 63-57 on a compromise drafted by House and Senate negotiators. The Senate expects to vote Thursday on the proposal. Approval then would send the measure to Governor Sam Brownback, who has proposed $1.5 billion in pension bonds.
Kansas lawmakers are in the final stretch before a spring break. As Stephen Koranda reports, they’ll be busy this week before they leave for nearly a month.
The Kansas Senate has passed its version of a two-year budget and the House could take up a budget this week. Conference committees will also be working to hammer out differences between bills that passed the House and Senate in different forms.