- The Latest: Kansas lawmakers disagree over fate of tax hike Updated: Apr-29-16 7:11 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Latest on the Kansas Legislature. (all times local):
- Kansas measure could reduce marijuana penalties Updated: Apr-29-16 5:48 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House approved a crime bill that would reduce penalties for first and second-time possession of marijuana while increasing criminalization of burglary.
- Kansas lawmakers consider repeal of some Brownback tax cuts Updated: Apr-29-16 4:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A proposal to repeal one of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's signature personal income tax cuts emerged Friday in the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature as lawmakers sought to make progress on balancing the state budget.
- Bill would reinstate income taxes on some Kansas businesses Updated: Apr-28-16 4:31 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Three Republican senators have proposed a bill that would reinstate income taxes for more than 330,000 Kansas business owners and farmers in a way to help address the state's budget problems.
- Graham urges Christian to Vote in Kansas Updated: Apr-28-16 3:40 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The son of the Rev. Billy Graham is urging Christians in Kansas to vote for other Christians who resist secularism.
- Kansas House OKs bill cracking down on turnpike scofflaws Updated: Apr-28-16 3:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House has signed off on legislation meant to crack down on people who purposely ignore paying tolls on the state's turnpike.
- Kansas legislative negotiators broker open-records changes Updated: Apr-28-16 2:57 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Negotiators with the Kansas House and Senate have reached a deal on a package of open-records reforms, setting it up for final votes in the state Legislature.
- Kansas lawmakers reject audit for same-sex discrimination Updated: Apr-26-16 5:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers have again refused to audit the Department of Children and Families to determine if the agency discriminates against same-sex couples in adoption or foster care cases.
- Kansas to delay consolidation of home services for disabled Updated: Apr-26-16 1:51 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is delaying a planned consolidation of seven programs providing in-home services for the elderly and disabled until spring 2017.
- Delaying highway projects have some in Kansas worried Updated: Apr-25-16 6:35 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Congested or treacherous roads could become more so under the Kansas Department of Transportation's recent announcement that 25 large, already-scheduled highway projects will be delayed for over the next two years.
- Standard and Poor's say Kansas could see credit rating drop Updated: Apr-25-16 4:47 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A national credit rating service says there's at least a 50-50 chance it could lower Kansas' AA credit rating later this year, depending on how the Legislature handles the state's current budget crisis.
- Kansas governor's tobacco bonds plan draws strong criticism Updated: Apr-22-16 4:02 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is facing strong bipartisan criticism over his proposal to use bonds backed by tobacco settlement funds to help plug short-term budget gaps.
- Kansas panels approve extra $17M for state mental hospitals Updated: Apr-21-16 5:21 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Two separate Kansas legislative committees have approved proposals from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to provide an additional $17 million to the state's two mental hospitals.
- The Latest: Kansas governor, top Democrat spar over taxes Updated: Apr-20-16 7:42 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Latest on Kansas' new fiscal forecast (all times local):
- In Kansas, lawmakers lose patience with governor's tax cuts Updated: Apr-19-16 6:57 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - After he became Kansas governor in 2011, Sam Brownback slashed personal income taxes on the promise that the deep cuts would trigger a furious wave of hiring and expansion by businesses.
- Kansas official outlines $17M package for mental hospitals Updated: Apr-18-16 6:31 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A top Kansas social services official has outlined proposals for nearly $17 million in additional spending at the state's two mental hospitals.
- Missouri bill would bar communities from banning pit bulls Updated: Apr-17-16 11:27 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri cities no longer could ban pit bulls or impose rules on certain dog breeds under legislation that advanced this past week in the Legislature.
- Missouri House committee approves 'personhood' amendment Updated: Apr-12-16 4:25 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri House committee has approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would declare a right to life for unborn children "at every stage of biological development."
- Kansas governor vetoes blight bill, citing property rights Updated: Apr-11-16 6:08 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill designed to make it easier for local communities to attack blight by taking over abandoned properties.
- Kansas governor signs juvenile justice reform bill Updated: Apr-11-16 3:58 pm
OLATHE, Kansas - As Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill Monday overhauling the Kansas juvenile justice system, a Johnson County program the changes are partly based on is serving as a model for efforts to divert low-risk offenders from detention.
- Missouri lawmakers weigh daily fantasy sports rules, taxes Updated: Apr-09-16 4:58 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House members this week took action to be among the first states to pass laws protecting daily fantasy sports, a business that has fallen under national scrutiny by state lawmakers and attorneys general.
- Some Kansas courts slow to answer probable cause requests Updated: Apr-09-16 1:14 pm
LAWRENCE, Kansas - Some Kansas courts have failed to comply with a new state law on public requests for probable cause statements, according to the Kansas lawmaker who introduced the legislation.
- Kansas delaying contributions to public employee pensions Updated: Apr-08-16 7:53 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is delaying roughly $90 million in contributions to pensions for public school and college employees as it wrestles with budget problems and disappointing tax collections.
- 2 tribes, state of Kansas enter into cigarette-sale compacts Updated: Apr-07-16 9:05 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A sign advertising "discount smokes" outside of The Nation Station convenience store on a reservation in northeast Kansas draws Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation members and visitors looking for cheap cigarettes. Inside is a wall lined with Native American-manufactured cigarettes such as Seneca, the store's best-selling brand at $3.77 per pack.
- Kansas high court to rule on military spouses' law licenses Updated: Apr-04-16 2:45 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Supreme Court is expected to consider a measure that would reduce law licensing barriers for military spouses who've passed the bar in other states.