- Kobach: No plans to change dual voter registration system Updated: Jun-29-15 5:14 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Kansas residents can register to vote using a federal form without having to provide proof of citizenship under Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but they won't be allowed to vote in state and local elections, the state's top election official said.
- Kansas lawmakers approve bill resolving issue with tax law Updated: Jun-26-15 7:40 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators moved quickly Friday to fix a technical problem with a new law for limiting local property taxes starting in 2018, but they're likely to face more debate next year over whether the policy should be modified or repealed before it takes effect.
- The Latest: Top Kansas officials approve shuffling of funds Updated: Jun-26-15 4:41 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The latest on the final day of the Kansas Legislature's annual session. (All times local):
- Hearing over lawmaker's 'racist bigots' remark turns rowdy Updated: Jun-26-15 1:11 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas lawmaker who used the words "racist bigots" at a March meeting to describe supporters of a bill denying in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants said on Friday that she was not referring to individual members of a legislative committee.
- Top Kansas officials decry Supreme Court health care ruling Updated: Jun-25-15 8:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Top Kansas Republicans criticized a U.S. Supreme Court ruling validating a key part of the federal health care overhaul, although one said Thursday that the decision reduces pressure on the Legislature to expand the state's Medicaid health program for the poor.
- Kansas lawmakers don't see health care ruling prompting work Updated: Jun-25-15 7:19 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Two Republican leaders don't believe the Kansas Legislature needs to take action on health care issues because of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding a key part of the federal overhaul.
- Recent Kansas Editorials Updated: Jun-23-15 12:09 pm
Hutchinson News, June 18
- Kansas budget balances, but school funding is 'wild card' Updated: Jun-20-15 11:36 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A lawsuit over funding for Kansas' public schools threatens to upend the state budget that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-dominated Legislature struggled to balance - and pass - with higher sales and cigarette taxes.
- Kansas lawmakers to reconvene to resolve conflict on tax law Updated: Jun-19-15 4:41 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators aren't quite done with their work for the year because they inadvertently passed two conflicting versions of a new law aimed at holding down local property taxes, House Speaker Ray Merrick's office said Friday.
- In Kansas Legislature a bill is not always what it appears Updated: Jun-17-15 6:42 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Legislation funding most of Kansas' state government for its next fiscal year began as a measure giving wildlife and parks officers more discretion in issuing citations and had two other, vastly different incarnations before becoming a bill containing the bulk of the budget.
- Democratic lawmaker wants review of Kansas campaign laws Updated: Jun-17-15 4:23 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Democratic legislator says Kansas lawmakers need to rewrite campaign finance laws to close what he sees as a loophole involving loans by candidates to their own campaigns.
- Kansas governor signs bill changing rules for budget cuts Updated: Jun-17-15 5:05 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill giving him more discretion in making some budget cuts during the next fiscal year while protecting aid to public schools.
- Kansas governor says deficit plan is not a tax increase Updated: Jun-16-15 7:10 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that Kansas isn't really increasing taxes even though the state will raise its sales and cigarette taxes to balance the budget.
- Kansas governor signs bills increasing taxes to fix budget Updated: Jun-16-15 6:41 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed bills raising sales and cigarette taxes to balance the state's next budget.
- Kansas lawmakers' tax plan makes numerous policy changes Updated: Jun-13-15 4:32 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A plan approved by Kansas legislators for balancing the state budget would increase sales and cigarette taxes but also make numerous other policy changes.
- The Latest: Brownback praises lawmakers over tax increases Updated: Jun-12-15 6:59 pm
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- Kansas House lets GOP member switch vote to no on tax bill Updated: Jun-11-15 7:23 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House has allowed a Republican member to switch his vote to 'no' on a bill increasing sales and cigarette taxes.
- Kansas GOP lawmakers seek tax policy changes with budget fix Updated: Jun-11-15 2:23 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republicans in the Kansas Legislature worked out the details Wednesday of proposals aimed at decreasing local property tax levies and potentially eliminating exemptions to the state's sales tax.
- Kansas prison system could face cutting programs, staff Updated: Jun-10-15 2:54 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Corrections could be forced to eliminate programs and cut staffing if the Legislature can't pass tax increases to balance the state budget, a spokesman said Wednesday.
- Budget cuts would cost largest Kansas school districts $67M Updated: Jun-09-15 6:20 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The seven largest school districts in Kansas would lose a total of $67 million in state aid if Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is forced to cut spending $400 million because legislators don't pass tax increases.
- Budget cuts would cost Kansas agency, state hospitals $46M Updated: Jun-09-15 5:53 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Gov. Sam Brownback's budget director says state hospitals for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled and the agency that runs them could lose a total of nearly $46 million if lawmakers don't increase taxes.
- Kansas higher ed system would lose $48M under potential cuts Updated: Jun-09-15 5:30 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Board of Regents says the state's higher education system would lose $48 million from potential spending cuts if legislators do not increase taxes to close a budget shortfall.
- Recent Kansas Editorials Updated: Jun-09-15 11:30 am
Salina Journal, June 7
- Kobach sees filing election cases soon under new Kansas law Updated: Jun-08-15 2:56 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Monday that three attorneys in his office will be working on potential election fraud cases at least part-time and he is likely to handle some cases now that his office will have the legal authority to prosecute them.
- Kansas governor says he would sign tax plan before House Updated: Jun-08-15 11:50 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he would sign a bill before the Kansas House that would increase sales and tobacco taxes to erase a projected budget shortfall.