Statehouse

Stephen Koranda

Visitors with a concealed carry permit can now bring handguns into the Kansas Statehouse. The change took effect this week, and Statehouse security officers have a process in place to determine who's carrying in the Capitol. Stephen Koranda reports.

Visitors with a firearm will need to provide their concealed carry permit and a photo ID. Kansas Capitol Police Officer Stephen Crumpler says staff will screen the person for other weapons and use a system to double-check that the concealed carry permit is valid.

Stephen Koranda

Right now, there's only audio streaming from the floor of the House and Senate, so you can tune in to hear things like this.

"Further questions on the amendment? Senator from Wilson, Senator Knox. Thank you Mr. Chairman. I rise in opposition to this amendment."

The bills would add live audio and video streaming from four of the most-active committee rooms. Committees are where much of the real work on bills takes place. Representative Reid Petty, a Republican from Liberal, says many people in his district can't take the time for a nearly six-hour drive to the Statehouse.

State officials are marking Kansas' 153rd anniversary with a dedication of the newly renovated Capitol in Topeka today.

The 13-year renovation cost nearly $330 million dollars.

It included new ventilation and electrical systems, replacing of the roof and dome, and constructing a visitor center.

The project was carried out in phases and financed with bonds.

Hundreds of schoolchildren will join Governor Brownback, legislators and other officials for the festivities today.

After 13 years and 330 million dollars in renovations, the Kansas Statehouse is ready to welcome visitors.

The project's final phase included an auditorium, a classroom, thousands of square feet of exhibition space and a visitors' center.

There's a ribbon cutting today to open the new space.

A formal ceremony to mark completion of the renovation project is scheduled for Kansas Day, Jan. 29.

Visitors will enter the building from the north at the ground level and proceed through the visitor center and into limestone corridors that are the foundation.

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