Kansas Legislature

I was at the grocery store the other day when I rounded a corner and almost crashed my cart into that of another customer.

Legislative Session Extends Past Deadline

May 23, 2013

The Kansas Legislature's annual session will go into overtime because of disagreements on tax issues among Republicans.

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.”

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.

Telecom Bill Passes Legislature

Apr 5, 2013

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

Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing

Apr 4, 2013

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.

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Apr 3, 2013

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

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Apr 1, 2013

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

Senate Amends Reading Plan

Mar 27, 2013

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

Tax Negotiators Begin Meetings

Mar 27, 2013

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