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Gov. Jeff Colyer announces executive order taking aim at sexual harassment
5 Feb 2018 at 5:41pm

A broad executive order Gov. Jeff Colyer signed Monday will mandate sexual harassment prevention training for many of Kansas’ executive-branch employees, require state agencies to review and update their policies every three years and ensure those organizations’ employees, interns and contractors review and sign policies. House Majority Leader Don Hineman, a Dighton Republican, said that review was still ongoing and leaders had consulted others inside and outside state government to help update the policy, maintained by the LCC. “Many of us believe it’s incomplete and not clear enough on ...


On Colyer’s first full day as governor, Kansas gets some good news on re...
1 Feb 2018 at 5:40pm

Jeff Colyer started his first full day as governor with some good financial news, though officials were quick to soften expectations for the months to come. The Kansas Department of Revenue announced Thursday that the state topped tax collection estimates for January by $165 million. Total tax collections for the fiscal year have now come in $248.6 million above estimates, according to the report. “My thoughts are, don’t spend it yet,” said House Majority Leader Don Hineman, a Dighton Republican. “We know two things, part of it is real and part of it is just a matter of timing of receipts...


The big question for Colyer: Can he shed Brownback’s baggage?
28 Jan 2018 at 9:15pm

On Wednesday, Jeffrey William Colyer will be sworn in as the 47th governor of Kansas, taking over for current Gov. Sam Brownback, who is resigning to accept a diplomatic post in the Trump administration. Colyer has already served as lieutenant governor longer than anyone else in state history, and before that served two years in the Kansas House and two years in the Senate. House Majority Leader Don Hineman, R-Dighton, said Colyer has been laying the groundwork for a working relationship with lawmakers. "Lt. Gov. Colyer met weekly, when we could, but essentially on a weekly basis with (Se...


Kansas House GOP leaders order changes to improve tracking of bill authors
22 Jan 2018 at 9:10pm

House Republican leaders moved to administratively improve transparency of bill introductions Monday by ordering committee chairs to record in meeting minutes who initiated legislation and to eventually feature that information on a public website. Speaker Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, and Majority Leader Don Hineman, R-Dighton, said the changes require neither passage of legislation nor Gov. Sam Brownback to wade into the Legislature’s methods of operation. Growth in so-called anonymous bills during the past several decades has enabled more legislators or lobbyists who introduced a measure to a...


Lawmakers mixed on dealing with maneuver
21 Jan 2018 at 9:07pm

Kansas legislative leaders denounced the practice of municipal government and school board members resigning from office fully aware their peers would quickly reappoint them to a different vacancy on the governing body to artificially extend their terms.  House Majority Leader Don Hineman, a Republican from Dighton, said artificial extension of an individual’s tenure in elective office was simply “not right.” “The voters ought to be outraged and kick out the people who thought it was a good idea to put that person back on,” he said. However, Hineman said there was reluctance among legisla...


All legislators should undergo sexual harassment training
19 Jan 2018 at 8:51pm

Training sessions on avoiding, recognizing and preventing sexual harassment and assault were conducted this week for state lawmakers. Although most members of the Kansas House of Representatives attended training, some declined. Considering complaints that were voiced regarding allegations of mistreatment within the Statehouse, full attendance should have been recorded. House Majority Leader Don Hineman, a Dighton Republican, said sexual harassment has “bubbled up into a full-blown crisis,″ while admonishing House members who did not undergo training.


Kansas lawmakers to consider building new prison
17 Jan 2018 at 8:48pm

A decision on whether to build a new prison in the state is scheduled to go before lawmakers this week. The proposed project for the Lansing Correctional Facility calls for a lease-to-own agreement, which means a private company would build a new prison and the state leases the space, however lawmakers have some concerns. “I’ve toured Lansing and it’s obvious something needs to be done, the facility is 150 years old and it looks like it,” said House Majority Leader, Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton. The prison is close to capacity and in bad condition, which is why lawmakers say a new one shou...