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9:02 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Kansas Ends 2013 With Budget Revenues On Target

Kansas ended 2013 with budget revenues on target, beating the fiscal year to date estimates by $4.3 million dollars.

The state Department of Revenue's report says Kansas' receipts were $3.3 million dollars, or almost 1 percent, more than expected.

Corporate income revenue receipts were up almost almost 7 percent-- in part because corporations made about $10 million more in payments this month compared to December 2012.

The Department of Revenue says this indicates that corporations had larger profits compared to the prior year.

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Taxes
3:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gay Couples Sue to Overturn Kansas Tax Filing Policy

Legally married same-sex couples are suing the Kansas Department of Revenue over a policy that says they must file separate state tax returns.

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Government
9:17 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Kris Kobach Files A Stay In Lawsuit Over Voter Citizenship Law

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked a federal judge to stay a lawsuit over Kansas' voter proof-of-citizenship law while another case he initiated is being heard.

Kobach filed the request yesterday in federal court.

The lawsuit in question was filed against him this November by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU wants to prevent Kobach from setting up different registration systems for voters based on whether they use state or federal forms.

The federal form doesn't require proof of U.S. citizenship.

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Government
9:09 am
Fri December 27, 2013

State To Begin Million-Dollar Drug Testing Program For Welfare Recipients

Kansas is set to begin a drug testing program next year for some welfare recipients.

The state's program is similar to one in Missouri. After eight months, and 636 drug test requests, Missouri's program this year cost nearly $500,000 and found 20 people who tested positive.

Like Missouri, Kansas will test welfare recipients who are suspected of drug use, sometimes flagged by tests or a questionnaire.

The Kansas law cuts off benefits for welfare recipients who are reasonably suspected of drug use and test positive.

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Government
9:04 am
Mon December 23, 2013

University Leaders Say Cuts To KBA Could Have Negative Impact On State

University leaders say cuts to the Kansas Bioscience Authority budget could have a negative impact on the state.

The KBA invests tax dollars in and nurtures new companies in the biosciences and life sciences fields.

It's been operating on a budget of more than $35 million dollars per year in some years.

State funding support, however, has fallen to about $4 million dollars this year.

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the KBA helped the KU Cancer Center attain the National Cancer Institute designation.

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Legislation
5:17 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Drug Testing Law For Legislators Has No Penalties

Some Kansas lawmakers could be required to submit to drug testing next legislative session as part of a new law. But it appears there would be no legal or financial consequences if they test positive for drug use.

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Government
9:13 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The State Will No Longer Reimburse Travel Expenses For Retiring Or Defeated Lawmakers

Lawmakers have also taken steps to keep retiring or defeated lawmakers from going to conferences and taking trips at the state's expense.

House and Senate leaders agreed unanimously Wednesday to revise the Legislature's travel reimbursement policies.

House Minority Leader Paul Davis suggested the change.

The new policy says if lawmakers don't file for re-election or are defeated, they aren't entitled to state reimbursement of expenses for out-of-state trips.

Government
8:59 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Capitol Police: State Lawmakers With Guns In The Kansas Statehouse Could 'Lead To Problems'

The new concealed carry law allows state lawmakers to carry concealed guns into the Kansas Statehouse.

Capitol Police told lawmakers yesterday that could lead to problems.

The was designed to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into public buildings. The weapons can't be banned unless the buildings have security measures, like metal detectors, in place.

However, the law written so that legislators--who have greater access to the building than the general public--can legally carry concealed weapons if they hold state permits.

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Government
10:27 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Insurance Companies Pay The State Of Kansas For Miscalculations Over Death Benefits

Kansas will receive more than $510,000 from six insurance companies as part of a national settlement over the calculation of death benefits.

The insurance commissioner's office they reached the settlements after reviewing how the companies determined when a policy holder had died.

Previously, the companies used the Social Security Death Master File to search and stop payments for deceased annuity holders.

However, the database wasn't being used to identify those life insurance policy holders who had died.

Government
8:58 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Unusually High Number Of Top Officials Under Gov. Brownback Leaving

Governor Sam Brownback has seen an unusually high number of departures among his top leadership.

Almost half of Brownback's 11 permanent Cabinet secretary appointments will turn over in the first three years of his tenure. The percentage outpaces that of predecessors Kathleen Sebelius and Bill Graves.

Many other high-level appointed posts that pay around $100,000 a year also have been vacated. Those positions include Securities Commissioner Aaron Jack, information technology chief Jim Mann and Kansas Corporation Commission chairman Mark Sievers.

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