Kansas Legislature

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Kansas lawmakers studying economic development policies say the Legislature should consider changes to a major incentives program next year. A special committee is recommending further study of the STAR bonds program, and members of both parties want more oversight.

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Water remains a key priority for members of the Kansas Farm Bureau, who approved their 2018 legislative agenda Tuesday.

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Kansas lawmakers began groundwork Monday for their response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s order to fix school finance by this spring. The same day, a Hiawatha senator announced he will seek to curb the court’s powers through a constitutional amendment.

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Sedgwick County last week adopted a list of priorities it would like to see state lawmakers take up during the 2018 legislative session.

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Republican legislators have temporarily sidetracked an effort to block the Brownback administration from obtaining federal approval to renew KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program.

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Wichita’s police chief wants the state Legislature to clarify laws on video taken by officers with body-worn cameras.

In an eight-minute video posted on the Wichita Police Department social media channels this week, Chief Gordon Ramsay talks about transparency issues and the use of body-cam video. He says he supports the use of body cams but does not think the video should be available to anyone who asks for it.

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Governing Magazine is including two Kansas lawmakers in its list of Public Officials of the Year for 2017.

Governing is honoring nine public officials nationwide, including Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Republican, and House Democratic Leader Jim Ward.

The publication – which is widely read in Statehouses across the country – cites their bipartisan work this year on the budget. That culminated in the state raising taxes by reversing many of Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2012 tax cuts.

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A panel of Kansas lawmakers says the Legislature should follow through on promised funding for water projects across the state.

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A new report in the Kansas City Star is once again raising concerns about a lack of transparency in Kansas state government.

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Medicaid expansion advocates say Kansas policymakers should take notice of elections this week in Maine and Virginia.

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