News from the Kansas Legislature

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Kansas tax collections continue to improve
1 Nov 2017 at 9:36pm

Kansas budget officials got more good news Wednesday with a report showing total tax collections in October came in $31.7 million higher than expected. That brings the total surplus so far this fiscal year to just under $105 million, money that lawmakers will likely need in order to respond to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling Oct. 2 that said the state is still not adequately funding public education. Kansas lawmakers this year overrode Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill raising income taxes and reversing course on many of the tax cuts he championed in 2012, tax cuts that many blamed for th...


State legislators create interim school finance committee
31 Oct 2017 at 9:35pm

A group of legislative leaders Monday created an interim committee tasked with studying K-12 school finance after the Kansas Supreme Court again found the state’s education funding model unconstitutional. The interim committee could make recommendations on education funding as well as draft a Constitutional amendment to reduce the Supreme Court’s authority over school finance. The Legislative Coordinating Council passed the measure unanimously on a voice vote. The 11-member interim committee will be tasked with studying the latest Supreme Court decision in the ongoing school funding lawsu...


Kansas lawmaker calls for independent investigation into allegations of ...
27 Oct 2017 at 9:33pm

A Democratic leader wants the Kansas Legislature to have independent attorneys investigate sexual harassment allegations. Minority Leader Jim Ward also promised Thursday that fellow Democrats in the Kansas House will undergo training on sexual harassment at a December retreat. And Ward pledged that he'll be willing to remove committee assignments from any House Democrat found to have committed sexual harassment.


5 Reasons The Kansas Supreme Court Found The State’s School Funding Unco...
9 Oct 2017 at 7:20pm

Last week the state lost again at the Kansas Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled that Kansas is underfunding its public schools, with repercussions for academically struggling children across the state — and especially for students and taxpayers who live in resource-poor school districts.  Here are five key messages the justices had for the Legislature and the state of Kansas in the decision...


Editorial: Consequences of the past five years
7 Oct 2017 at 7:18pm

As lawmakers struggle to figure out how they’ll respond to the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent ruling that education funding remains inadequate and inequitable in the state, it’s hard to look back upon the past five years without feeling a tremendous sense of waste. The Legislature will soon face a few excruciating decisions – will it raise taxes again to increase K-12 funding? Will it make cuts at a time when we face a teacher shortage, state correctional officers are working 12-hour shifts and the KBI doesn’t have enough agents? Some lawmakers are even wondering if they’ll end up defying ...


Raise taxes, cut spending or defy Kansas Supreme Court? Lawmakers ponder...
5 Oct 2017 at 7:13pm

As legislators mull how to respond to the Kansas Supreme Court’s finding that school funding is unconstitutional, some are seeing three options: raise taxes, cut other spending or defy the court. The Legislative Budget Committee was briefed Thursday on the latest school finance ruling from the Supreme Court that found state funding for K-12 schools inadequate and inequitable, and legislators sought answers from staff on what options they might have. Legislators have until April 30 to submit briefs supporting their remedy to the situation, and the Supreme Court plans to rule on the new str...


Kansas still underfunds schools: state supreme court
2 Oct 2017 at 7:11pm

The Kansas Supreme Court on Monday ruled that even after the state increased funding for public schools this summer, the new plan was still constitutionally inadequate. The high court set a deadline of June 30, 2018, for Kansas to set up a funding plan that meets the state constitution's definition of adequacy. In response to the court's unanimous ruling in March that Kansas' schools were underfunded, the state in June enacted a two-year funding boost totaling $293 million. An attorney for school districts suing the state argued before the state supreme court in July that the increase fel...