Kansas Legislature

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In the basket of thorny issues facing Kansas lawmakers, how to fund public education is certainly among the thorniest.

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Two bills before a Kansas Senate committee would make government meetings and records more accessible to the public.

Kobach Keeps Immigration On State Agenda

Feb 6, 2017
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is drafting bills to restrict illegal immigration in Kansas while he advises President Donald Trump on the same subject nationally.

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One critical part of Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget-balancing plan is creation of a statewide health insurance pool that Kansas public school teachers would have to join.

Kansas Lawmakers Hear Testimony Over Tobacco Tax

Feb 1, 2017
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Kansas legislators have heard testimony on Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to help close a budget hole by raising tobacco taxes. But they haven’t scheduled a vote and, as Andy Marso reports, there’s plenty of opposition.

Public health advocates pushing for Kansas to increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products are running into the same opposing arguments they did two years ago.

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Opponents of allowing guns on Kansas campuses are not giving up their fight, despite a setback in a state Senate committee this week.

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Advocates of expanding Medicaid in Kansas are trumpeting new poll numbers that show them gaining ground despite what appear to be long odds of success.

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Some Kansas lawmakers hope allowing community-based rehabilitation programs to bill Medicaid for their services will help more people with mental illnesses find work.

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Lawmakers in the Kansas House are considering Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to help fill a budget hole by dissolving a state investment fund holding more than $300 million.

The proposal would pay back the money over seven years, but some legislators are skeptical they will make the payments.

Democratic Rep. Tom Burroughs says they delayed a payment to KPERS, the state pension plan, with the promise to pay it back. So far, that hasn’t happened.

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Mothers, college professors, pastors, teachers and students packed a Capitol hearing room Thursday morning to make this plea to lawmakers: Roll back a law that in July will make it legal for almost anyone to carry a concealed gun on Kansas college campuses and in other public buildings.

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