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Kansas Legislature

A Democratic legislator says Kansas lawmakers need to rewrite campaign finance laws to close what he sees as a loophole involving loans by candidates to their own campaigns.

Democratic Rep. Jim Ward of Wichita called for a review of campaign finance laws Wednesday. His comments came after the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said it expected no federal criminal charges to be filed from an investigation of loans by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to his and Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

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Federal prosecutors have completed their investigation into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign by his lieutenant governor and plan to bring no criminal charges, the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.

Jim Cross, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, told The Associated Press that no federal charges are expected in the case that involved the loans from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. Minutes earlier, Brownback and Colyer released a joint statement saying they had been informed of the decision.

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A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

The jury has ordered the state's ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press.

Carol Williams with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission was summoned to appear before the grand jury Wednesday in Topeka.

She was ordered to provide documents pertaining to loans Brownback's campaign received in 2013 and 2014.

Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer is not answering questions about a new loan he's made to Governor Sam Brownback's campaign.

A financial disclosure filing shows Colyer loaned Brownback's campaign $500,000 in August.

He made similar loans last December and this July, but both were paid back within two days.

At a campaign event yesterday in Wichita, Colyer refused to answer questions about the loans or the origin of the money he's lending to Brownback's campaign.

Brownback campaign spokesman John Milburn says the loans amount to simple "cash management."

Affordable Care Act Debate Continues Before Congress

Sep 18, 2013

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will testify before a joint congressional subcommittee in Washington Wednesday about potential challenges for states under the federal health care overhaul.

Colyer says it's important for Congress to hear concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which was passed into law in 2010.

Colyer is a surgeon and says the law is flawed and detrimental to ordinary Americans.

President Obama and others say the act will help millions of uninsured Americans find health coverage. The online marketplace to help them do so launches October 1.

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer says the state's new Medicaid managed care program will deliver on its promise to save $1 billion over five years.

Colyer says the three private insurance companies managing the KanCare program will achieve those savings because their bottom lines depend on it.

"And the big stick in this is, we're going to hold back half a billion dollars from the insurers over the next five years," Colyer says.