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.
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.
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.