The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association is holding its 77th annual KIOGA Convention in Wichita this week. The event is attended each year by Kansas business owners who work in the oil and gas industry. This year’s spotlight has turned to the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
Monday morning’s agenda at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel included a panel discussion with Kansas’ congressional delegation. They fielded questions about federal legislation and the oil and gas industries.
Kansas Congressman Huelskamp says he’s working with other members of Congress on proposals to cut the Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget.
The goal is to get the agency to back off its decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.
The agency listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened because of its declining population; the listing allows federal oversight of efforts in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas to preserve the grouse’s habitat.
As Kansas supporters of gay marriage celebrated two U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday, Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp said he would take action.
The Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. It also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
Many Kansas residents celebrated at the rainbow-colored "Equality House" in Topeka. Leaders of the Planting Peace organization there unfurled a large banner from the roof of the house that said, "Bye, Bye DOMA."