Kansas Senate

The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill adding cellphone numbers to the state's no call law for telephone solicitors.

Governor Sam Brownback is nominating a former Kansas Senate majority leader for a seat on the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Brownback has chosen Republican Senator Jay Emler, from Lindsborg, to take the position being vacated by KCC Chairman Mark Sievers.

Brownback says Emler will be a good fit for the commission, which regulates industries including utilities and oil drilling.

Roberts May Face Opposition In Run For Senate

Oct 8, 2013

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts may have a primary challenge in his bid for re-election.

Milton Wolf is inviting supporters on his website to a "major announcement" Tuesday night regarding the 2014 Kansas Senate campaign.

The Johnson County doctor is expected to say he's moving ahead with a Republican primary challenge to Roberts.

Roberts is seeking a fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate. No Democrat has announced plans to run.

The Kansas Senate has confirmed the nomination of Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has introduced legislation that would pause the implementation of new Common Core Education standards. The bill the committee introduced Friday would create an 11-member legislative panel to review the State Board of Education's decisions on any new education standards.

Drug Testing Bill Awaits Gov's Signature

Apr 2, 2013
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Senators have sent a bill to Gov. Sam Brownback's desk that would require Kansas residents who receive welfare and unemployment benefits to submit to drug testing.

Teacher Bargaining Rights Bills Shelved

Mar 22, 2013

Two bills that would have cut back teachers' bargaining rights have been shelved for this session.

Senate Leaders Considering KDOT/KTA Merger

Mar 15, 2013

A limited merger of the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Kansas Department of Transportation recently passed the House, but leaders in the Kansas Senate may be interested in something a bit more comprehensive.

Senate Passes Modified Version Of Brownback Tax Plan

Mar 14, 2013

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that would cut income tax rates in Kansas and keep the sales tax at its current rate.

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.