- Kansas legislators start work on plan for raising taxes Updated: May-05-15 11:28 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas homeowners would pay higher property taxes under a proposal that a state Senate committee endorsed Tuesday, as the Republican-dominated Legislature began work on raising new revenues to close a projected budget shortfall.
- Kansas lawmakers approve changes for civil service system Updated: May-05-15 9:58 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is expected to reduce the number of state workers covered by its civil service system after the Republican-dominated Legislature approved a bill Tuesday making it easier for state agencies to reclassify jobs.
- Missouri lawmakers override veto to enact welfare limits Updated: May-05-15 4:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove several thousand families from a welfare program by imposing shorter time limits for people to receive the benefits, overriding a veto by the state's Democratic governor.
- State receives 100,000th application for concealed carry Updated: May-05-15 7:17 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the state has received 100,000 applications for its concealed carry program.
- New plan would end Kansas green energy mandate for utilities Updated: May-04-15 9:58 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas would no longer require utilities to generate a portion of their electricity from wind or other renewable resources but the state also would not impose a new tax on the power under a proposal Republican Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday.
- Texas, Kansas to back Florida lawsuit against administration Updated: May-04-15 6:17 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Governors in Kansas and Texas said Monday they'll support Florida Gov. Rick Scott's fight against the Obama administration to free billions of federal hospital dollars even if the states don't expand Medicaid.
- Kansas Senate approves bill legalizing fantasy sports Updated: May-04-15 5:02 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Fantasy sports would be declared legal under a bill approved by the Kansas Senate.
- Analysis: Kansas may revisit governor's favored tax break Updated: May-03-15 4:16 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Top Republican legislators in Kansas appear increasingly ready to reconsider a business tax break that's been a cherished economic policy for GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, possibly making it more difficult to close a projected budget shortfall.
- Kansas AG's office: Abortion lawsuit costs known for weeks Updated: Apr-29-15 5:04 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office says legislators have known for weeks that the state could spend up to $450,000 to defend a new law banning a procedure common in second trimester abortions.
- Kansas AG seeks up to $450K to defend anti-abortion law Updated: Apr-27-15 8:02 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas' attorney general is telling legislators that defending a first-of-its-kind anti-abortion law in court could cost the state up to $450,000, as Republican Gov. Sam Brownback commemorates the measure with events across the state.
- Ethics commission questions name of some Kansas PACs Updated: Apr-23-15 12:07 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Secretary of State Kris Kobach's political action committee might have to change its name to meet state ethics requirements and another PAC connected to former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could face a similar problem, the executive director of the state's ethics commission said.
- Kansas officials hosting conference on crime victims' rights Updated: Apr-22-15 5:05 am
WICHITA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt are hosting a two-day conference later this week on crime victims' rights.
- Kansas seeks court order to block Quapaw tribe casino Updated: Apr-17-15 5:55 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Officials are asking a federal court to block an Oklahoma-based tribe from expanding its casino into southeastern Kansas, arguing it would harm that state's current efforts to build its own casino in the area.
- New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits Updated: Apr-16-15 5:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can't use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don'ts runs to several dozen items.
- Oklahoma governor signs measure banning abortion procedure Updated: Apr-13-15 6:31 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma has become the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.
- Texas lawmakers grill Uber executives on ride-hauling rules Updated: Apr-09-15 4:53 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers grilled Uber executives over safety concerns during a hearing for a bill that would set statewide regulations for ride-hailing firms.
- Kansas legislators moving toward changing local elections Updated: Apr-08-15 8:04 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican legislators in Kansas are moving to shift city and local school board elections to the fall of even-numbered years, saying the change will boost voter turnout.
- US Senate to discuss funding food stamps program with grants Updated: Apr-08-15 5:04 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas says he will hold hearings on the possibility of funding the federal food stamps program through block grants to the states.