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12:17 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Federal Advocacy Group To Challenge Kansas Gun Law

A national gun-control group says it is planning to challenge a Kansas law declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate guns that are manufactured, sold and kept only in the state.

The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced Monday that it would file a federal lawsuit against the state law.

The Kansas law was enacted in 2013 and makes it a felony for any U.S. government employee to attempt to enforce a federal regulation or treaty when it comes to Kansas-only firearms, ammunition or accessories.

Government
12:24 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

KS Statehouse Visitors Can Now Carry Hidden Guns

A visitor to the Kansas Statehouse going through security.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Visitors with a concealed carry permit can now bring handguns into the Kansas Statehouse. The change took effect this week, and Statehouse security officers have a process in place to determine who's carrying in the Capitol. Stephen Koranda reports.

Visitors with a firearm will need to provide their concealed carry permit and a photo ID. Kansas Capitol Police Officer Stephen Crumpler says staff will screen the person for other weapons and use a system to double-check that the concealed carry permit is valid.

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Government
12:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Schodorf Unveils Proposed Voting Changes

Jean Schodorf holds a voter registration form during a news conference at the Kansas Statehouse.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Democratic candidate for Kansas secretary of state has unveiled her proposal to revamp some voter registration rules. Kansas law requires proof of citizenship documents for people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas, and that requirement has put around 19,000 voter registrations on hold. Stephen Koranda reports...

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Government
11:05 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Nancy Pelosi And Other Democratic Lawmakers Urge Federal Court To Overturn Voter Citizenship Law

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers are urging a federal appeals court to overturn a decision by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren. They say it will limit the authority of Congress to regulate federal elections.

They made a friend-of-the-court filing last week at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...in a lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona to force federal elections officials to let those states impose their proof-of-citizenship requirements on federal voter registration forms used by residents of their states.

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Government
11:48 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Sen. Jerry Moran Introduces New Bill That Would Help Veterans Pay For Emergency Care

A bill recently introduced in Congress will offer relief to veterans who’ve had to pay for emergency health services.

Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas both introduced the bill on Thursday.

It would eliminate a rule that prevents veterans from being reimbursed for emergency care if they haven’t been seen in a VA center for 24 months.

It comes after another bill Wednesday that makes it easier for veterans delayed in getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors instead.

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Government
6:39 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Wichita City Council Approves Proposed Sales Tax Referendum

Downtown Wichita's Central Transit Center
Sean Sandefur

Members of Wichita’s City Council spent much of yesterday discussing a new sales tax that could be used to shore up the city’s water supply,  encourage job growth and keep the transit system running for five more years. 

 

Tuesday’s meeting marked the first step in funding some key areas of Wichita’s future. A proposed one-cent sales tax referendum, worth $398 million over five years, was approved by council members. 

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Government
3:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Topeka Passes Ordinances To Establish Domestic Partnerships, Reduce LGBT Discrimination

The Topeka City Council approved two ordinances Tuesday to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

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Government
11:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

New Law Phases Out Fees Kansas Lenders Pay To Counties For Home Mortgages

Governor Brownback has signed legislation phasing out the fees paid by Kansas lenders to counties to register home mortgages. The Kansas Legislature's website said Brownback signed the measure Wednesday. 

Bankers and real estate agents have argued that home buyers are getting what amounts to a tax break. But county officials fear they'll be forced to boost local property taxes to offset what is expected to be $53 million in lost revenue over the next five years. The new law will phase out the mortgage registration fee by the year 2019.

Government
12:51 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Kansas And Arizona Ask Appeals Court To Lift Emergency Stay Over Voter Citizenship Laws

Kansas and Arizona say they have a sovereign right to require proof of citizenship for voting residents of their states, even for federal elections.

The two states urged the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to lift the emergency stay it issued last week.

The appeals court had halted a ruling from U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren, whose ruling required the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to modify its federal voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona residents.

Government
10:45 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Court Of Appeals Temporarily Suspends Kansas' Voter Citizenship Law

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily suspended an order requiring Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote with a national form.

The federal appeals court granted the emergency request by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and voting rights groups.

Yesterday’s decision means Kansas and Arizona voters can continue to register to vote using the federal form without having to document their citizenship.

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