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A private corrections company's CEO is seeking to reassure Kansas lawmakers that a plan they're reviewing for building a new state prison is the most cost-effective option.

A joint committee on budget issues met Wednesday to review a plan for a new prison for 2,400 inmates in Lansing. It would replace the state's oldest and largest prison there.

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A state report has found that the Kansas Department of Education has illegally provided millions of dollars to some school districts.

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A Kansas legislative committee will meet this week to review a plan for building a new state prison in Lansing.

A joint committee on budget issues is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon for an update from Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood. House Majority Leader Don Hineman says he will wait until after the budget committee's meeting to decide whether he will support the project.

Final approval for the project must come from the governor and legislative leaders by early January.

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In the summer of 2005, the Legislature butted heads with the Kansas Supreme Court over a ruling that ordered an influx of money to public education.

The result? Kansas came closer than ever to a constitutional crisis.

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Descriptions of an underfunded, under-resourced foster care system short on child placement options sounded familiar to Kansas lawmakers and child welfare advocates at a task force meeting this week.

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Some Kansas lawmakers are questioning how much benefit the state is getting for the millions of dollars it has spent over the past 16 years developing retail and tourism districts.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the state has spent more than $557 million in state sales tax revenue to repay Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) bonds. Those bonds are a financing option in which municipalities issue bonds to pay the cost of roads and other infrastructure in new developments. Those bonds are repaid with new sales tax revenues generated by the projects.

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A Kansas legislative task force on child welfare is having meeting next week for the first time since a new top administrator took over the state agency it is examining.

The Child Welfare Task Force is scheduled to have a daylong meeting Tuesday at the Statehouse and to discuss a preliminary report for lawmakers on its findings.

Its members include Gina Meier-Hummel of Lawrence. She was director of a children's shelter until she was named last month as secretary of the Department for Children and Families.

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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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