Kansas Legislative Research Department

Stephen Koranda / KPR

Heavy rains flooded several Statehouse offices and displaced some of the researchers that work for Kansas lawmakers. Friday morning, maintenance staff and members of the Kansas Legislative Research Department were cleaning up and sorting through water-damaged books and documents.

Raney Gilliland, director of the department, said a 10-inch pipe that carries rainwater from the roof of the Statehouse failed during a storm.

“With the deluge that we had last night, this collar broke and all of the water from the roof ended up in [our] office,” Gilliland said.

Abigail Beckman / KMUW

Legislators from south-central Kansas gathered Thursday at Wichita State University for a public forum, the second one this week.

The forum began with a look at the state's projected $350 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year.

J.G. Scott, assistant director of fiscal affairs for the Kansas Legislative Research Department, told lawmakers that neither reversing the state's income tax exemptions nor increasing sales tax rates would fill the hole for 2017.

He gave two options for balancing the budget.

The Kansas Association of School Boards says least 100 Kansas school districts have been asked to provide information about the politicians who have been invited to their school events.

KASB general counsel Donna Whiteman told The Associated Press that the Kansas Open Records Act requests were sent to districts in batches. They came from the Kansas Legislative Research Department, which sometimes makes requests from lawmakers.

Staff is required to keep all requester's information confidential and couldn't even confirm that such requests had been sent.