- Bledsoe case influences bill requiring taped interrogations Updated: Feb-07-16 12:49 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Law enforcement would be required to record some interrogations under a bill influenced by the case of a Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a killing his brother eventually admitted to committing.
- Kansas won't join effort to tighten domestic abuse gun laws Updated: Feb-06-16 1:08 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas appears unlikely to join more than two dozen states that have passed laws in the last two years making it more difficult for domestic abusers to possess weapons, a state representative who introduced a similar law during the 2015 legislative session said.
- Analysis: Power struggle heart of debate over Kansas courts Updated: Feb-06-16 10:11 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A legislative dispute over how Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected is a political struggle over whether Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his supporters can make their conservative fiscal and social policies stick well into the future.
- Kansas bill would protect underage drinkers who seek help Updated: Feb-05-16 4:52 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Underage drinkers could avoid criminal charges if they call for medical help under a bill the Kansas House approved Friday in what supporters said is an effort to head off preventable tragedies.
- Kansas Senate committee passes step therapy legislation Updated: Feb-05-16 11:43 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Senate will consider a bill that would require Medicaid patients to try lower-cost drugs before moving to more expensive treatments.
- Kansas House rejects change in selecting high court justices Updated: Feb-04-16 11:00 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House rejected a proposal Thursday that would give the governor and legislators more control over appointments to the state Supreme Court.
- Kansas school district consolidation draws opposition Updated: Feb-04-16 8:03 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Opponents of a measure that would consolidate school districts told lawmakers this week they worried the plan would lead to school closures and a loss of local control over education.
- Kansas budget plan hits college, boosts officers, hospitals Updated: Feb-04-16 7:27 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas would give prison officers a pay raise, attempt to boost staffing at mental hospitals and grant lawmakers greater oversight of spending at the state's largest university under a budget-balancing plan a legislative committee approved Thursday.
- Kansas House panel adds $3M to budget for mental hospitals Updated: Feb-04-16 4:42 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The two state mental hospitals in Kansas would receive an additional $3 million total in their current budgets under a proposal approved by a legislative committee.
- University's bond issue prompts budget move in Kansas House Updated: Feb-04-16 4:12 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A new legislative budget measure would limit the University of Kansas' ability to spend unanticipated tuition dollars and extra special funds.
- Kansas Senate approves bill to lessen marijuana penalties Updated: Feb-03-16 7:15 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas would decrease penalties for first and second-time marijuana possession under a bill overwhelmingly approved Wednesday by the state Senate, though pot users still could face stiff fines and time in a county jail.
- Kansas lawmakers pledge support for transparency legislation Updated: Feb-03-16 4:46 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers are pledging support for a bill that would open up private emails sent by public employees about government business.
- Proposed bill would allow prosecution of Kansas teachers Updated: Feb-03-16 4:33 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow teachers and school administrators to be prosecuted for presenting material perceived as harmful to minors.
- Ending power plant deal would cost state more than $400K Updated: Feb-03-16 8:07 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Putting a stop to a controversial financial deal to build a new power plant for the Kansas Statehouse and four nearby government office buildings would cost $409,000.
- Missouri lawmakers debate restricting abortion methods Updated: Feb-02-16 8:38 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers are debating whether to ban a common second-trimester abortion method.
- Kansas senators consider overhauling juvenile justice system Updated: Feb-02-16 6:53 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Community-based services helped Cherrie Reynolds' adopted son avoid juvenile detention, the mother from Atchison told legislators Tuesday, the second day of a Senate committee hearing on a bill that would overhaul the juvenile justice system.
- Kansas AG: Debate over courts to go on until voters step in Updated: Feb-02-16 1:56 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators aren't going to end a decade-long debate over remaking the state Supreme Court until they put a ballot question on how the justices are selected before voters, Attorney General Derek Schmidt told Republican lawmakers Tuesday.
- Legislators consider testimony on sexting bill Updated: Feb-01-16 7:01 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators heard testimony Monday on a House bill that would create new penalties for transmitting and possessing nude photos of children between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.
- Missouri bill no longer targets Kansas City earnings tax Updated: Jan-28-16 4:28 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Kansas City has been dropped from a bill targeting a 1-percent tax that people who work or live there and in St. Louis must pay.
- Kansas senators consider firearms non-discrimination act Updated: Jan-28-16 5:56 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Olathe shooting range co-owner William Basore says he faced discrimination when he attempted to insure his new car but was denied coverage last fall.
- Kansas governor hopes delay short for Statehouse power plant Updated: Jan-27-16 6:40 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Gov. Sam Brownback is hoping there's only a short delay in starting construction on a new power plant for the Kansas Statehouse and four nearby government office buildings.
- Plan to cut Medicaid drug costs in Kansas draws criticism Updated: Jan-27-16 4:38 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Health care advocates in Kansas are strongly criticizing a proposal from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback for decreasing prescription drug costs for the state's Medicaid program.
- Kansas Lottery seeks to sell tickets from vending machines Updated: Jan-27-16 6:47 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Lottery is seeking permission from legislators to sell tickets from vending machines.
- Interest-only payments concern Kansas lawmakers Updated: Jan-26-16 6:13 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers are pushing for more control over state finances after the Department of Transportation arranged to pay only interest for the first decade on $400 million in recently issued bonds.
- Amendment would establish hunting, fishing right in Kansas Updated: Jan-26-16 6:08 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Lawmakers are considering an amendment that would give Kansans a constitutional right to hunt, fish and trap wildlife.