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AG Schmidt advises Kansas House members on school funding decision

The closer lawmakers get to fully funding fixes for inequities in two school funds, the easier it will be to defend their decisions in court, Attorney General Derek Schmidt told House members on Tuesday.

House bill to stop anonymous complaints against police draws criticism

Law officers joined the NAACP on Tuesday in opposing a House bill that would eliminate anonymous complaints against police officers and dramatically change the way law enforcement agencies conduct internal investigations into officer misconduct.

Fix for K-12 funding isn’t expected to affect state funds for higher education, says senator

The state’s higher-education budget should not be affected by the Legislature’s efforts to fix inequities in K-12 funding, according to the senator who chairs the subcommittee overseeing both budgets.

Sedgwick County appeals to Kansas House for action on scrap metal theft

Sedgwick County law enforcement officials on Monday called on the House to take action on scrap metal theft after a Senate committee decided last week to pass the issue onto the Kansas Judicial Council for review.

Child-death data could be shared under bill advanced by Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday approved Senate Bill 259, which would allow the State Child Death Review Board to share information with researchers studying patterns and causes.

Legislators hear constituents’ concerns at public forum

More than two dozen people, many wearing American Federation of Teachers T-shirts, spoke out Saturday at a legislative forum about issues including voters rights, the legalization of marijuana, education funding and immigration.

Capitol beats: ‘Focus now is getting narrower and narrower’

Check this spot on Sundays for a few quick hits about what’s driving the debate in the Legislature.

Kansas House advances bill reducing years before record of a DUI offense can be expunged

A bill that reduces the number of years a person has to wait to expunge a DUI offense passed the House on Friday.

Jim Skelton won’t run again for Sedgwick County Commission

Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Skelton said Friday that he will not seek re-election and is planning to get married and change careers.

Democrats introduce bills they say will fix Kansas school funding inequities

Democrats introduced a pair of bills Friday that would add millions to school funding to fix the inequities identified by the Supreme Court last week.

Brownback hoping to attract manufacturing jobs to Kansas from abroad

Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he hopes to bring more manufacturing jobs to Kansas as domestic and foreign companies look to expand in the United States.

Sales tax proposal splits candidates for Sedgwick County Commission

The idea of replacing Sedgwick County’s portion of property taxes with a sales tax drew divergent reactions Thursday from the two District 4 candidates for county commission.

Brownback: Society needs to handle mental health issues as treatable illness

In a speech to mental health advocates Thursday, Gov. Sam Brownback said that too much of the state’s mental health treatment takes place in the prison system and that Kansas needs to do a better job treating people before they enter the system.

Bill to switch local elections to fall moves forward

The Kansas Legislature is inching forward with plans to move municipal elections to the fall.

Senate passes bill limiting pre-primary party switches

A bill that would prevent voters from switching political parties after the filing deadline for candidates is on its way to the governor.

Senate passes bill giving foster parents greater say in child welfare cases

Legislation known as the “foster parents’ bill of rights” easily passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Gun bill moves through House committee after provision allowing loaded firearms in cars is stripped

A proposal to strip Kansas cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms is moving through the state Legislature again after supporters on Wednesday jettisoned a provision allowing gun owners to carry loaded firearms in their cars.

Bill mandates background, credit checks for health site navigators in Kansas

A bill requiring background and credit checks for the navigators who help people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act won initial approval in the Kansas Senate on Tuesday.

House proposal would cut number of court reporters in Kansas

Kansas courts could have fewer court reporters if the Legislature follows through with a House committee recommendation.

Kansas House bill would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

A bill that would grant Kansans the same legal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity that they receive for race and religion was introduced by a House Democrat on Tuesday.

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