The Kansas House has passed a bill that will eliminate most of a $300 million budget shortfall in the current fiscal year. The legislation mostly relies on diverting funds from other parts of state government, including money from the state highway fund, to close the budget gap.
Several Republicans said they were voting “yes” but with reservations. They also called for revamping tax cuts passed in recent years. Representative Barbara Bollier is from Mission Hills.
A Kansas Senate committee is looking at rewriting part of the public school funding formula. The Legislature passed a bill increasing one type of school aid last year, but when it was all said and done, the cost had risen beyond their initial estimates. As Stephen Koranda reports, the bill would change how it's calculated and reduce that type of education spending by $40 million dollars.
On Monday, the state House rejected a proposal to expand the Kansas Open Records Act so that it would cover private emails about government business.
The House voted 86-30 against the proposal from Wichita Representative Jim Ward.
The measure was inspired by a disclosure that state Budget Director Shawn Sullivan used a private email account to give two well-connected lobbyists a preview of Governor Brownback's proposals weeks before they were formally unveiled to lawmakers.
Gov. Sam Brownback and his top aides can't predict when Kansas will meet his stated goal of eliminating income taxes, now that he has slowed the implementation of promised reductions to stave off predicted budget cuts.
The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill suggesting state lawmakers require police officers to wear body cameras. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…
Proponents of Senate bill 18 asked the committee to advance the bill requiring all levels of law enforcement to wear body cameras while on duty and continually record their activities and interactions.
Representative Gail Finney of Wichita sits on the committee.
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer gave his final State of the City address on Tuesday night. He reached his term limit after eight years at the helm. He thanked his many colleagues, and credited public and private partnerships for helping Wichita through tough economic times.
Brewer said he’s most proud of the revitalization of downtown Wichita.