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Insurance chief Praeger, AARP urge Brownback to veto health care compact

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and an advocacy organization for seniors urged the governor Tuesday to veto a bill that they say could disrupt Medicare in Kansas.

Republicans concede bill would let teachers be fired without cause

Statehouse Republicans are having to abandon a key talking point in their effort to defuse teacher anger over an anti-tenure bill the Legislature passed a week ago, conceding the bill would allow school districts to fire veteran teachers without having to give a reason why.

GOP candidates for insurance commissioner support health compact bill

Four Republicans campaigning to become the state’s next insurance commissioner said Thursday that they support a bill that would bring Kansas into a compact with other states hoping to become exempt from the federal health care overhaul.

Brownback lauds parts of school finance bill, won’t comment on teachers’ due process

Gov. Sam Brownback praised the financial part of the state Legislature’s bill to resolve the school finance crisis, but would not say whether he agrees with a part of the bill designed to strip teachers of rights to due process before they can be fired.

Sebelius resigns after health care rollout fiasco

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, ending a turbulent five-year tenure that saw her become the public face of the troubled federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

Kansas teachers union set to sue if teacher firings lack due process

Officials with the state’s largest teachers union said they are ready to sue school districts that try to fire teachers without due process under a provision of an education bill passed by Kansas lawmakers Sunday.

Kansas Senate, House OK $2 million for innovation campus at Wichita State

The innovation campus that Wichita State University leaders hope to build to create more technology jobs took another step toward becoming reality this week, with the Kansas Legislature approving $2 million to help establish it, WSU officials said.

House, Senate OK school finance bill that eliminates due process for teachers

A bill that allocates millions more to schools but also strips teachers of a protection they have had since 1957 will head to the governor’s desk.

Bill barring local government from passing gun laws on its way to Brownback

A bill that nullifies local government control over guns shot through the House and to the governor’s desk in the waning hours of the regular session Saturday.

Kansas tax reforms not so friendly to those with business losses

A tax plan that Gov. Sam Brownback sold as “a shot of adrenaline to the heart” of the Kansas economy is causing heartburn for business owners who lost money in 2013.

House rejects compromise on school finance bill

The House sent a strong message to the Senate early Sunday by voting down a school finance bill that was packed with conservative policy changes.

Bill halting Medicaid expansion in Kansas headed to governor’s desk

A bill that will indefinitely halt the expansion of Medicaid in Kansas is headed to the governor’s desk.

Bill to fix school finance wins bipartisan approval in Kansas House

The Kansas House quickly passed its proposed solution for inequities in school funding Friday with bipartisan support, not long after the governor praised the bill.

Tax break for private health clubs clears Kansas Senate

After intense debate over the role of campaign contributions in legislation and the value of YMCAs to communities, the Senate decided Friday to exempt private for-profit health clubs from property taxes.

Kansas House defeats bill prohibiting vote on slot machines at dog track

The Kansas House has left open the possibility that Wichita Greyhound Park could one day reopen with slot machines.

Kansas Senate approves plan for health compact

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.

Kansas Senate passes school finance bill stripping funding for Common Core standards

The Senate voted to halt state spending on Common Core on Thursday night, during debate over a court-ordered fix for funding inequities between school districts.

Advocates call autism insurance bill a good first step

Local advocates for children with autism hailed a bill passed this week by the Kansas Senate requiring insurance coverage for some autistic children under the age of 12 as a good first step toward improving the quality of life for the children, but said more needs to be done.

Kansas Senate to debate school-finance fix; House plan stalls

The Senate is moving forward with a possible school-finance fix Thursday, but the House is not.

Kansas House, Senate committees advance bills to fix school funding inequities

House and Senate committees advanced bills Tuesday night intended to address inequity in the distribution of funds to school districts statewide.

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