Kansas Legislature

Legislature Prepares For Budget Meetings

Mar 25, 2013

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.

Legislators Want Corporate Farming Review

Mar 22, 2013

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

House Tax Plan Differs From Brownback's Proposal

Mar 13, 2013

The Kansas House will soon be considering a tax plan that's very different from one proposed by Governor Sam Brownback.

A Kansas legislative committee has advanced a bill that would expand the number of public buildings in which concealed weapons are allowed.

Bills before the state House and Senate would allow charter schools greater freedom and funding opportunities in Kansas.

Now, Kansas has 15 charter schools; they're publicly funded but generally operate independently of school districts. The state had 37 charter schools three years ago, but many closed for financial reasons.

Dozens Of Bills Passed Before Legislative Deadline

Mar 1, 2013

"Turnaround" is basically the midpoint of the legislative session. Most bills that haven’t passed one chamber by today are dead for this year.

House Committee Takes Testimony On Abortion Bill

Feb 20, 2013

A Kansas House committee held hearings today on a bill that would put new restrictions on abortion in Kansas.

House Committee Considering Strip Club Bill

Feb 14, 2013

Members of a Kansas House committee are considering a bill known as the Community Defense Act. The measure would put new restrictions on what can take place in strip clubs and where they can be located.

Richard Crowson borrows the tune from Woody Guthrie's "Union Maid" to give his take on what's happening in the state legislature. Hear Richard singing his original song by clicking the play button above.

Two state lawmakers from Wichita are seeking support for a measure that would limit employers' access to job applicants' social media accounts. 

Rep. Gail Finney and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau both back measures to keep employers from requiring applicants to provide their usernames and passwords for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.