News from the Kansas Legislature

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A.G. Derek Schmidt seeks extension for school finance filing so Kansas L...
19 Apr 2018 at 1:08pm

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants the state’s high court to give him more time before filing briefs in support of the money included in a new public school finance plan, which includes an $80 million mistake. The Legislature returns April 26, four days ahead of a deadline imposed by the Kansas Supreme Court to file initial written arguments for legislation passed during the regular session earlier this month.

Is History Repeating Itself In School Funding Debate?
17 Apr 2018 at 1:07pm

Lawmakers and Governor Jeff Colyer have written another chapter in the story of this ongoing debate by authorizing a $500 million increase in school funding over the next five years. But will that be enough to end the litigation? If not, are we headed for another showdown like the one that rocked the Statehouse in 2005? 

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signs bill expanding lobbying rules to execu...
16 Apr 2018 at 1:06pm

Senate President Susan Wagle on Monday thanked Gov. Jeff Colyer for taking a stand on transparency, which she said helped build momentum toward passage of a bipartisan effort to expand lobbying rules. Colyer signed Senate Bill 394, which redefines “lobbying” to include executive and judicial branches. Wagle, R-Wichita, co-sponsored the bill with Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka. “The more transparency you have in government, the more confidence our electorate has in our processes and the work we do here in Topeka,” Wagle said.

Kansas lawmakers leave plenty of issues on the table for wrap-up session
15 Apr 2018 at 1:02pm

When Kansas lawmakers left Topeka in the wee hours of Sunday morning, April 8, they thought they had resolved the thorniest issue of the session by passing a school funding bill that supporters hope will satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court. As it turned out, that didn't work as planned, and lawmakers will have to revisit that issue to fix an $80 million error in the bill when they return for the start of a scheduled nine-day wrap-up session that begins April 26. Still, lawmakers left a lot of other issues on the table waiting to be resolved before their scheduled final adjournment on May 4.....

Taxes, guns and beer: How Kansas lawmakers could affect your life
13 Apr 2018 at 1:00pm

Your taxes may go down, bars may soon have self-serve beer and 18-year-olds could start carrying concealed weapons. Kansas lawmakers have considered bills that would do all those things and more. Some have been passed; others remain in the legislative process and still need votes. Lawmakers are in the middle of a three-week break after passing a school funding bill. When they return, they’ll have a chance to make adjustments to the budget and pass bills that haven’t made it through the process, including some listed below...

Gov. Colyer signs 'swatting' legislation
12 Apr 2018 at 12:59pm

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed legislation that will increase the penalties for making hoax emergency calls when they lead to the injuries or deaths of others. Colyer announced Thursday that he signed the measure designed to combat "swatting" to send a message that the behavior is unacceptable. Legislators passed the bill in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed 28-year-old Wichita man by a police officer in December.

Error in school finance bill could impact Kansas Supreme Court mandate
10 Apr 2018 at 12:57pm

A school funding plan which passed the Kansas legislature contains a multi-million dollar error. The error was discovered by the Kansas Department of Education. If it's not corrected, the school funding bill could fall short of the Supreme Court's mandate to properly fund schools.Early Sunday morning, the legislature passed a school funding bill adding more than $520 million to schools over the next five years.However, an $80 million error could impact how much school districts would actually receive. The error calculated local property taxes in place of state dollars.  If the error isn't...