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House sends bill to governor to name portion of K-96 for former legislator Bonnie Huy

The House on Monday sent the governor a bill to name a section of K-96 through east Wichita in honor of the late former Rep. Bonnie Huy.

Rhoades resigns House committee chairmanship over school bill

Rep. Marc Rhoades stepped down as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Monday after publicly questioning the House leadership’s proposed school finance solution.

Expect debate over health care in Kansas to continue

Kansas Republican lawmakers have advanced a bill aimed at separating Kansas from the federal Affordable Care Act.

House refuses to repeal renewable energy standards

Renewable energy standards aren’t going away in Kansas – at least not yet.

Capitol Beats: ‘Why are the think tanks telling me what to think?’

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Kansas Senate gives approval to bill ending renewable energy standards

A bill repealing renewable energy standards for utility companies won approval in the Kansas Senate on Tuesday.

Chair of Kansas House panel disputes amount needed to fix school funding

How legislators can close school funding gaps identified by the Supreme Court – and how much they must spend to do so – continued to dominate conversations at the Capitol on Wednesday.

All-day kindergarten funding in Kansas appears dead

Gov. Sam Brownback’s election-year proposal for the state to pick up the bill for all-day kindergarten is apparently dead, key lawmakers said Tuesday.

Brownback signs bill to give crime victims, families more notice of inmates’ release

Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed a bill inspired by a Wichita mother and written by a Wichita senator to toughen the rules for notifying crime victims and their families when prison officials plan to release the person who committed a crime against them.

Senate advances bill to prevent votes on gambling in Sedgwick County until 2032

Sedgwick County residents wouldn’t be able to vote on gambling again until 2032 under a bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

Kansas House GOP introduces new, $129 million school finance bill

House leaders introduced a new school finance bill on Monday after washing their hands of a version that would have rapidly expanded charter schools under reduced regulations.

Gun bill stalled in House

A gun bill that is stalled on the House floor might have a better chance of advancing through the Senate first, says Rep. Jim Howell, R-Derby.

House passes bill to separate Kansas from Affordable Care Act

A bill that seeks to remove Kansas from the Affordable Care Act – if Congress approves – passed the House on Monday.

Kansas House leaders to introduce new school-finance bill without charter-school language

Charter schools were never supposed to be part of the Republican plan to fix school finance inequities, according to the speaker of the Kansas House.

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Mandate for insurers to cover autism treatments gets Kansas House nod

The House gave initial approval to a bill that would require insurance providers to cover autism treatments for children under the age of 12 on Thursday.

And what about Gov. Brownback’s NCAA Tournament bracket?

Gov. Sam Brownback is ducking the most controversial issue in Kansas: Wichita State, KU or K-State in the NCAA tournament?

Brownback: ‘Significant new funding’ needed to address equity issues for schools

Addressing inequities in school funding identified by the Supreme Court “will require significant new funding,” Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday in a statement.

Senate panel advances bill to repeal renewable energy standards

Supporters of wind energy say the industry is under attack by the Legislature, pointing to a bill that would eliminate renewable energy standards for utility companies as evidence.

Kansas basketball teams get bipartisan support in the Capitol

Senate President Susan Wagle has been trying to train the KU fans on her staff to root for the Shockers.

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