Government

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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Unions
3:12 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Committee Continues Hearings On Union Paycheck Bill

A Kansas Senate committee continued hearings Wednesday on a controversial bill affecting union paycheck deductions.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

KS Senate Committee Delays Work On Gov's Tax Plan

Les Donovan (R-Wichita), chair of Senate Tax Committee, speaking to reporters after the delay.
Credit Stephen Koranda

A Senate Committee has delayed work on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal. A printing mix-up meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar for Tuesday, and the committee's chairman says he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it.

The committee was scheduled to debate the bill and offer amendments, also called "working" the bill.

Senate Tax Committee chairman Les Donovan says they’ll benefit from the extra time to prepare.

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Taxes
3:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Senate Committee Delays Work On Tax Plan

A Kansas Senate committee has delayed debate on Governor Sam Brownback's tax proposal. A mistake at the Statehouse printing office meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar for Tuesday.

Senator Les Donovan, a Republican from Wichita, said he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it. Donovan added, though, that senators could use some more time to prepare for the debate.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Senate Committee Preparing For Talks On School Funding Amendment

A constitutional amendment would give Legislators the power to set school funding levels.
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Lawmakers are considering a change to the Kansas Constitution in response to lawsuits over school funding.

About eight years ago, a lawsuit ended with an agreement to increase spending on students. But lawmakers cut back when the economy slowed, which rekindled the legal battle. 

Now, some Legislators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give them the power to determine what is a suitable level of funding.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:56 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Dems Question Constitutional Amendment Costs

Some lawmakers are questioning the number of constitutional amendments proposed this year. At least a half dozen amendments have been filed.

They range from proposals to change the way judges are selected to putting term limits on lawmakers. The costs for publishing and public votes on the amendments could run into millions of dollars. 

The top Democrat in the Kansas House, Paul Davis from Lawrence, says lawmakers should only consider amending the Constitution in rare circumstances when there's a great public need.

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