Penalties for Kansas scrap theft would rise significantly under a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate.
Senators said during debate on Thursday that scrap thieves often cause thousands of dollars in damage by removing metal components from equipment.
The bill would make scrap theft a level-six felony, putting repeat offenders behind bars. It also would create a scrap database to help authorities track down offenders and punish dealers trading in stolen goods.
Two Kansas Lawmakers are defending a bill that would bar university professors from using their professional titles when writing newspaper columns.
Republican Representatives Virgil Peck and Joe Seiwert spoke in favor of the bill before a House committee. Both say they have been unfairly covered by the media and criticized following introduction of the legislation.
A new conservative-leaning majority on the Sedgwick County Commission is changing the direction of some county business.
Since the new term began in January, several key items passed on a three-to-two vote…some involving the county health department. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.
The five-member Sedgwick County Commission makes decisions every week on how to spend taxpayer money. It’s their job to manage the county’s finances, roads and bridges, zoning policies and the county health department among other things.
Kansas residents would be able to carry a concealed weapon - without a license - under a measure being considered by state lawmakers. Supporters and opponents of the legislation sounded off before a Senate committee.
Currently, Kansans must pass a background check and attend a safety training course before receiving a concealed weapons permit.
The president of the Kansas State Rifle Association, Patricia Stoneking, says residents can already openly carry firearms without a license. She says it makes sense to expand that to concealed carry without a license.
Governor Sam Brownback's administration is proposing to revise hiring, layoff and termination policies for Kansas government workers and to possibly eliminate longevity bonuses for 17,500 employees.
The state Department of Administration described the initiatives to revise state policies yesterday.
One proposal would give state agencies broader authority to hire employees into non-civil service positions rather than keep those jobs in the civil service system. It requires the Legislature's approval.
Kansas lawmakers are considering changing the way state Supreme Court justices are selected, but lawyers say the move would politicize the court.
The House Judicial Committee conducted a hearing Wednesday on two measures that would amend the Kansas Constitution. One change would select Supreme Court justices in partisan elections, while the other would allow the governor to appoint them.
Representatives of three lawyers' associations told panel that either change would weaken the independence of the judiciary.
A Kansas House committee has started two days of informational hearings on marriage. Lawmakers heard testimony saying marriage improves health, the lives of kids and the state’s bottom line. As Stephen Koranda reports, the hearing could lead to legislation making it more difficult to get divorced.
Republican Representative Steve Brunk says the hearing confirmed his belief that marriage offers real benefits. He says now the question is: should lawmakers take an action to try to keep marriages intact?