Kansas Legislature

4:21 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Statehouse Republicans Gather In Rare Meeting

It was an unusual day at the Kansas Statehouse Thursday, as Republicans from the House and Senate gathered to smooth out differences between the two chambers on tax and budget issues. Some lawmakers said it had been at least seven years since Republicans from the two chambers met as a group to discuss policy.

“It’s fun as we go out to our dinners and take potshots at each other almost as if we’re competitors," said Ty Masterson, a Republican from Andover who heads the Kansas Senate budget committee. "But in reality, we’re all part of the same team, we are the legislative branch.”

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3:51 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Lawmakers Making Little Progress On Big Issues

Kansas lawmakers returned to the Statehouse on Wednesday, but reached the weekend having made little progress on the major issues that remain for this legislative session.

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5:41 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Telecom Bill Passes Legislature

Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill reducing state regulation of telecommunications while beginning to phase out state subsidies for telecom firms.

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2013 Legislative Session
4:42 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing

Lawmakers could soon take a final vote on a controversial bill updating the state's laws for testing people who may have been exposed to some contagious diseases.

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6:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

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5:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in plans for further cuts in personal income taxes.

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6:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Senate Amends Reading Plan

Kansas senators have approved a heavily amended version of Gov. Sam Brownback's reading initiative, putting the focus on first-graders.

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3:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Tax Negotiators Begin Meetings

A select group of lawmakers from the Kansas House and Senate started negotiations on tax legislation Wednesday.

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Kansas Budget
4:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Legislature Prepares For Budget Meetings

Kansas House and Senate negotiators have delayed the start of talks aimed at smoothing out differences between the budgets passed in each chamber.

The meeting originally scheduled for early Monday afternoon was canceled because the Senate had not yet officially appointed that chamber's three negotiators.

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5:45 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Legislators Want Corporate Farming Review

Kansas lawmakers have decided they need more information before making changes to the state's laws that restrict corporate farming.

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