Kansas Legislature

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.  

The South Central Delegation will hold its annual meeting Thursday at the Wichita State University Metroplex. Wichita leaders will share their agenda with state lawmakers before the 2013 legislative session starts Monday.

Fifty state representatives and senators make up the South Central Delegation and more than half are expected to be in attendance.

Brownback to hold press conference on a new state mental health initiative; McConnell Air Force Base finalist for tanker contract; South-central delegation to hold annual meeting.

Brownback To Unveil Kansas Mental Health Initiative 

Gov. Sam Brownback will announce a new mental health initiative Thursday, before the start of the 2013 legislative session.

Wagle wins top spot in Kansas Senate; Schools offered 'green grants;' Partnership between KC hospitals announced; Midwest economy improving slowly.

Westar Plant To Be Closed Two Months After Fire

Westar Energy officials say one of the utility's plants near Colwich will be closed for at least two months for repairs from a fire.

Westar officials say customers should not notice any impact from the closure. A transformer at the plant failed last Wednesday, causing an explosion and fire.

Dems Unveil "Buy American" Plan For KS Government

Oct 25, 2012

Democratic leaders from the Kansas Legislature have laid out a proposal that they say will create jobs. The lawmakers unveiled the plan during a series of stops across Kansas Thursday.

The proposal would create a "buy American" rule for state government. That means when state agencies are making purchases, they would have to look for products from American manufacturers.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis announced the plan, saying it would create new manufacturing jobs.

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