Kansas Legislature

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Richard Crowson: Blowing Their Cover

Credit Joseph Novak / Flickr / Creative Commons

Whew! That ol’ Kansas wind! It’s been blowing like crazy lately with gusts up to 35 miles per hour and higher.

It’s been blowing so hard that it completely blew the cover off a couple of Koch subsidiaries.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity were left shivering and coverless by those recent gusts. The Kansas Chamber and Americans for Prosperity are known for their own windy proclamations about jobs and how much they, oh, so sincerely just want what’s best for the Kansas economy.

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Government
12:35 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Kansas Statehouse May Offer Online Streaming

Credit Stephen Koranda

Right now, there's only audio streaming from the floor of the House and Senate, so you can tune in to hear things like this.

"Further questions on the amendment? Senator from Wilson, Senator Knox. Thank you Mr. Chairman. I rise in opposition to this amendment."

The bills would add live audio and video streaming from four of the most-active committee rooms. Committees are where much of the real work on bills takes place. Representative Reid Petty, a Republican from Liberal, says many people in his district can't take the time for a nearly six-hour drive to the Statehouse.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Richard Crowson: We Need A Legislature of Shockers!

Lucy can’t get over us human beings.

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Kansas Senate
5:39 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Senate Advances No Call Expansion

The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill adding cellphone numbers to the state's no call law for telephone solicitors.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Richard Crowson: Kansas' True Love

Happy Valentine's Day to all you googly-eyed lovers out there! Give your honey an extra little squeeze this morning, safe and secure in the knowledge that your Kansas Legislature is working tirelessly in defense of the sanctity of the right kind of marriage.

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Kansas Legislature
4:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bill Would Speed Death Penalty Appeals

Testimony on a bill that would speed up death penalty appeals in Kansas concluded Tuesday at the state Legislature.

A staff member with the attorney general's office told a Senate committee that long filings and delays often extend the process. But Sarah Johnson, a defense attorney who has worked on death penalty cases, said the cases are very complex and a lot of time is needed to prepare.

Johnson said the bill could harm certain defense cases.

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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Criminal Sentencing
5:42 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Legislator Proposes Change To 'Hard 50'

A proposal for strengthening the "Hard 50" murder sentencing law in Kansas is likely to be considered next year by legislators.

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Education Funding
4:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Committee Continues Studying Education Funding

A special committee in the Kansas Legislature continued talks on school funding Thursday in Topeka.

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Education Funding
4:47 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Legislative Committee Preps For School Funding Issues

A special committee of the Kansas Legislature spent Wednesday learning about how the state funds schools and hearing details on past lawsuits concerning school spending.

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