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Stories with organization: Kansas State Legislature
  • Former Kansas social services chief Harder dies 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:05 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Robert C. Harder, a former Kansas legislator who helped create the agency that became the state Department for Children and Families, has died from a brain tumor, his family said. He was 84.

  • Praeger, Kansas groups urge health compact veto 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:47 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and several health care organizations urged Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday to veto legislation that would allow Kansas to join a multistate health care compact.

  • Kansas court furloughs possible under new budget 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:53 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - State court officials are unsure whether a Kansas budget approved this year by the Legislature will allow them to avoid furloughs for employees, while still providing additional funding for operations and a new document system.

  • Mo. Senate wants Kansas City to host Super Bowl 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:05 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A task force would be charged with trying to bring the Super Bowl to Kansas City under a resolution passed by the Missouri Senate.

  • Kansas GOP leader defends plan on teacher tenure 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 9:17 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - A top Kansas Republican sought Wednesday to quell criticism of a proposal to eliminate tenure for public school teachers approved by the Legislature as part of a court-mandated school funding plan, suggesting the anti-tenure measure is not as harsh as portrayed.

  • Mo. House roll call on right to work legislation 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:25 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The 78-68 roll call Wednesday by which the Missouri House gave first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees as a condition of employment, regardless of whether workers are union members.

  • Mo. House roll call on transportation sales tax 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 12:53 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The 96-53 roll call Wednesday by which the Missouri House voted to send the Senate legislation that would, upon voter approval, impose a 1-cent sales tax increase for transportation funding.

  • Neb. water sustainability bill sent to final vote 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 8:55 pm
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - A bill designed to prepare Nebraska for floods, water shortages and water quality problems was sent Tuesday to a final vote in the Legislature.

  • Kansas lawmakers OK tougher Medicaid fraud law 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:04 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is praising legislators for unanimously approving a measure to increase penalties for defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

  • Costs spurred Kansas school policy changes 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 5:28 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Public school teachers in Kansas likely will lose their legal protections against getting fired after legislators tacked that and other policy changes onto a court-mandated plan to boost aid for poor school districts.

  • Attorneys concerned about Kansas school package 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 3:16 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Lawyers for parents and school districts at the heart of the Kansas school funding battle have concerns about the plan approved by lawmakers to address a state Supreme Court ruling.

  • Kansas lawmakers back school funding, tenure plan 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 11:26 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Legislature on Sunday narrowly backed a plan that would boost funding to poor school districts while eliminating tenure for teachers.

  • Kansas gay-rights group opposes tenure proposal 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 3:59 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - The leading gay-rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers.

  • Correction: Gun Rights-Kansas story 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:23 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - In an April 5 story about gun-rights legislation in Kansas, The Associated Press reported erroneously the last name of the director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's efforts to defend gun control policies in court and oppose the lessening of existing regulations. The correct name is Jonathan Lowy, not Jonathan Lowry.

  • Lawmakers approve small changes in abortion laws 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 9:28 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Legislature has approved abortion legislation that addresses legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers, avoiding a larger debate this year over proposals to ban the procedure early in pregnancy.

  • Kansas lawmakers approve bill barring city, county gun restrictions; NRA sees plan as 'model' 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 5:47 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers approve bill barring city, county gun restrictions; NRA sees plan as 'model'

  • Kansas lawmakers approve plan for health compact 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 11:30 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - A bill that would bring Kansas into a compact with other states hoping to become exempt from the federal health care overhaul won final legislative approval Friday night.

  • Bill would extend ban on Kansas Medicaid expansion 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 10:40 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - The Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature has passed a bill to keep a ban in place indefinitely on expanding the state's Medicaid program under the federal health care overhaul.

  • Brownback praises Kansas House school funding plan 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 3:28 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Gov. Sam Brownback says a school funding bill before the Kansas House is a good plan for meeting a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.

  • Kansas House blocks Wichita gambling measure 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 2:26 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas House members have rejected a proposal that would prohibit slot machines at a closed dog-racing track outside Wichita, even though residents voted in 2007 against having them at the south-central facility.

  • House delays Kansas school funding debate 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 1:22 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas House leaders have delayed the start of debate over a $141 million school funding plan, the last major piece of legislation on the agenda before starting a three-week recess.

  • Kan. House panel finishes work on school aid plan 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:47 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas House committee has revised its school funding plan to be more generous in providing aid to local school districts.

  • Kansas Senate votes to block academic standards 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 10:43 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - A proposal designed to block Kansas public schools from using multistate reading and math standards has been approved by the state Senate.

  • Kansas Senate rejects Democrats' school aid plan 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:35 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - The Republican-dominated Kansas Senate has rejected a Democratic proposal for increasing aid to the state's poor public school districts.

  • Kansas Senate approves insurance for autism 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 11:19 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - A bill that would require insurance coverage for some children under the age of 12 with autism represents progress but still contains flaws, advocates for the children said after the measure was approved by the Kansas Senate and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback.