Government

Fiscal issues to drive Kansas lawmakers’ session
December 28, 2014
Kansas lawmakers have a plateful of potentially ugly decisions ahead to close state budget shortfalls, but some of them and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback have bigger ambitions for the annual legislative session opening next month.
Bill would let terminally ill use unapproved meds
December 24, 2014
A suburban Kansas City lawmaker is proposing a measure that would allow terminally ill patients to use medications that haven’t received federal approval.
Kansas lawmakers floating plenty of tax proposals
December 24, 2014
Republican legislators in Kansas are tossing around plenty of proposals for raising new revenues to help close the state’s budget shortfalls, and they’re not confining themselves to rethinking personal income tax cuts that represent GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s legacy.
Kansas Senate creates panel, has 2 new chairmen
December 23, 2014
The Kansas Senate’s top leader has created a new committee to review criminal justice issues and name new chairmen for two other panels.
Kansas governor working on proposed budget fixes
December 7, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t publicly ruling out any ideas for helping to close state budget shortfalls, leaving officials and lawmakers to speculate about the proposals he’s expected to roll out before the Legislature convenes next month.
New justice to join Kansas Supreme Court this week
December 2, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court is having a special session this week to swear Caleb Stegall in as its newest justice.
Kansas House members picking leaders for 2015-16
December 1, 2014
Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick faces a challenge from a fellow Republican for the chamber’s top leadership position for another two years. And House Democrats are naming a new leader.
Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S.
November 24, 2014
Federal statistics show Kansas is seeing slower private-sector job growth than the U.S. as a whole, while unemployment in the state declined in October to 4.4 percent.
New Tonganoxie city staffer settling into post
Assistant city administrator formerly served as public information officer in Olathe
November 13, 2014
Jamie Shockley was working on a bachelor’s degree in political science and had aspirations of law school. Then she took public administration and municipal administration classes as part of her political science requirements.
Gay rights activists celebrate; Kansas vows fight
November 13, 2014
As gay rights activists celebrate a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex unions in Kansas, it was unclear Thursday how many counties would issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the state’s attorney general said the ruling doesn’t apply statewide.
Education leaders about worry cuts in school funding
November 12, 2014
A new revenue forecast that indicates Kansas will need to make $278 million in cuts in the current fiscal year has state education leaders and some lawmakers concerned that the deficit will require reductions in funding to already cash-strapped schools
KDHE Secretary Moser plans to resign
November 11, 2014
The secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says he plans to resign.
O’Brien defeats Harris in all-Tonganoxie race for state representative
November 5, 2014
The political landscape saw little change following Tuesday’s election. Tonganoxie incumbent Republican Connie O’Brien scored 60 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Austin Harris in the Kansas House District 42 race. O’Brien tallied 3,979 votes to Harris’ 2,708.
Defendant’s statements suppressed in murder case
November 4, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court will not review a lower court ruling that suppressed statements from a suspect about the death of a Hutchinson woman in what prosecutors say was a case of mistaken identity.