News from the Kansas Legislature

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Medicaid expansion fight delaying work on next Kansas budget
8 Apr 2019 at 12:07pm

A legislative fight over expanding Medicaid in Kansas is delaying approval of the state’s next annual budget as expansion supporters try to keep Republican opponents from blocking it for another year. Some top GOP lawmakers are conceding that an expansion plan could pass because expansion is a priority for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and has bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled Legislature. However, opponents hope for time this summer and fallto develop a smaller program than Kelly wants with restrictions she opposes, such as a work requirement for participants.

Kansas Lawmakers OK Bill Allowing Farm Bureau Non-ACA Compliant Health Plan
7 Apr 2019 at 12:05pm

Republican lawmakers in Kansas pressed ahead with allowing the state Farm Bureau to offer health coverage to members that doesn’t satisfy the Affordable Care Act, a state-level effort to circumvent an Obama-era law that President Donald Trump wants to replace. The Kansas House approved an insurance bill on an 84-39 vote that includes provisions to exempt health coverage offered by the Farm Bureau from state insurance regulation, anticipating that the nonprofit group could offer lower-cost products to thousands of individuals and families.

.Statehouse Blend Kansas: School Funding Passed, Commerce Secretary Conf...
6 Apr 2019 at 3:07pm

Things got a little chippy during the final week of the regular legislative session, but Kansas lawmakers came away with a school funding plan and a permanent commerce secretary. On Statehouse Blend Kansas, Sec. David Toland talks with host Jim McLean about moving on to reinvigorating the state's economic development efforts.

Kansas Lawmakers Allow Veto of Tax Relief Measure to Stand
5 Apr 2019 at 3:04pm

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a Republican tax relief bill will stand because GOP lawmakers did not attempt to override it. The Republican-controlled Legislature adjourned Friday for its annual spring break without an override attempt. The deadline for trying to override will pass before lawmakers reconvene May 1.

Kasnas House approves school funding plan
4 Apr 2019 at 3:02pm

The Kansas House has approved Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan for increasing public school funding in hopes of satisfying a court mandate. The vote Thursday in the GOP-controlled chamber was 76-47. The Senate was expected to vote on the measure later Thursday, and its approval would send it to Kelly. The bill ties Kelly’s proposal to increase spending on public schools by roughly $90 million to several education policy changes favored by GOP lawmakers.

Wagle: Medicaid expansion won't happen
3 Apr 2019 at 3:01pm

As Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly urges lawmakers to expand Medicaid, the state Senate’s top Republican is opening the door to a health care bill that would include provisions favored by conservatives, such as work requirements. But Senate President Susan Wagle wants the Legislature to study expansion later this year and take up a bill in 2020. She made clear Tuesday that — as far as she’s concerned — a Medicaid expansion bill that passed the House last month won’t survive the Senate.

Busy week ahead for Legislature
2 Apr 2019 at 2:59pm

This week will be a busy one as members of the Kansas House and Senate debate bills, said two area representatives Saturday at a legislative forum sponsored by the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce at the Civic Center. Key legislation, including the budget and spending on education, have yet to be decided.