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Kansas lawmakers split on response to teen governor hopefuls

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More than a half-dozen candidates in the crowded Kansas governor's race are teenagers, and legislators are divided over whether it's a problem worth trying to prevent in the future. The Kansas House advanced a bill Tuesday on a...

 

A scorecard for criminal justice reform

About a dozen new and holdover bills that would overhaul Oklahoma’s criminal justice system are in the legislative pipeline. Although it’s too early to tell, there are indications the bills have momentum. In her State of the State address, Gov....

 

Non-Christian denominations could be shut out of House chaplain program

Faith leaders are looking for answers after a Republican legislator issued guidelines that could block a large swath of the state's religious community from leading lawmakers in prayers that kick off...

 

Kansas House panel rejects bill to preventing earthquakes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee has rejected a bill that was designed to prevent earthquakes that experts say are caused by oil and gas production wastewater disposal methods. The Sierra Club and several Kansas residents who say their...

 

Kansas GOP votes to oppose validating transgender identity

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Republican Party has approved a resolution that opposes "all efforts to validate transgender identity," including opposing any medical treatments to alter a person's body to conform with his or her perceived gender i... Full story

 

Kansas GOP leaders support abortion amendment effort

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas top political officials are supporting a fund-raising effort by a leading anti-abortion group to amend the Kansas Constitution to make it clear the constitution doesn't protect the right to abortion. Gov. Jeff Colyer...

 

A Kansas candidate for Congress won't stop AR-15 raffle

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas congressional hopeful does not plan to stop a raffle for an AR-15 rifle, even though it's the type of weapon authorities said was used in the mass shooting at a Florida high school. Republican Tyler Tannahill, a...

 

Former White House fellow enters race for Yoder's seat

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City attorney who served as a White House fellow during President Barack Obama's administration is seeking the Democratic nomination for a Kansas congressional seat currently held by Republican Rep. Kevin...

 

Pennsylvania man the 7th teen to enter Kansas governor race

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The field of teenage candidates running for Kansas governor has grown to seven, and the latest contender isn't even from the state. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 18-year-old Conner Shelton, a University of...

 

Kansas bill would legalize sex between some young teens

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Sex among some young Kansas teens would no longer be illegal under proposed legislation. The Wichita Eagle reports that Kansas prohibits sex with anyone younger than 16, even if both people are the same age. That means sexual...

 

Oklahoma police release interview with former state senator

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Police released an edited interview from last year that shows a former Oklahoma state senator denying that he took a 17-year-old to a motel for sex. Moore police released the video interview with then-Sen. Ralph Shortey on...

 

Former wife of ex-governor's aide: 911 call was 'bad night'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The ex-wife of an Oklahoma governor's aide who resigned after allegations of spousal abuse says the family "had one bad night six years ago," and that attention should be focused on those currently struggling with domestic...

 

Oklahoma City elects Holt mayor; Murdock takes Senate seat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City has elected its first new mayor in 14 years, and a vacant state Senate seat has been filled. Republican state Sen. David Holt was elected mayor of Oklahoma's largest city Tuesday with 79 percent of the vote in...

 

Mother of Kansas man killed in hoax call seeks tougher laws

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The mother of a Kansas man fatally shot by police after a hoax emergency call has urged lawmakers to toughen penalties for making false calls. Lisa Finch spoke at hearing Tuesday on a bill that would allow prosecutors to file...

 

Kansas lawmakers begin modifying drunk driving laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are overhauling the state's drunk driving laws to crack down on offenders and replace a defunct law that allowed police to compel suspects to blood alcohol testing. The U.S. Supreme Court determined a...

 

Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog's campaign for governor. KWCH-TV reports that Terran Woolley, of Hutchinson, decided to file the paperwork over the weekend for his 3-year-old pooch, Angus, to run...

 

Kansas voting rights challenge headed to trial

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Legal challenges to a Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote are headed to trial next month. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Friday added additional days to a previously scheduled trial that begins...

 

Rule would require officials to wait 2 years before lobbying

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposed rule that would require Oklahoma elected officials to wait two years before working as lobbyists is getting mixed reviews. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has unanimously approved the rule, the Tulsa World reported....

 

State senate, Oklahoma City mayor elections set for Tuesday

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City may elect a new mayor and northwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle will fill a state Senate seat in separate elections Tuesday. Republican state Sen. David Holt faces Democrat Randall Smith and independent Taylor...

 

Kansas governor backs bill to open records on child deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and the state's top child welfare official are backing legislation to require disclosure of some records when a child dies of abuse or neglect. Colyer and Department for Children Families Secretary Gina...

 

New Kansas governor promises new open-government websites

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New Gov. Jeff Colyer promised Thursday that Kansas will launch two new government accountability websites within the next four months as part of a larger effort to make the state more transparent. Colyer issued four executive...

 

New Mexico lawmakers may seek privacy rules for police video

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers may set up a community task force as they consider restricting public access to body camera recordings of police interactions with people with mental illnesses. A Republican Senator and House Democrat...

 

Kansas Legislature updates harassment policy, more work seen

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top leaders updated the Kansas Legislature's policy against sexual harassment on Friday without requiring an outside review of complaints or altering their longstanding approach of having them handled as privately as possible. T...

 

Kansas lawmakers OK new honor for Ike on Statehouse grounds

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have approved legislation to put a statue of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Statehouse grounds to go with multiple honors inside the building. The House approved the measure Thursday on a 123-0 vote...

 

Kansas Senators pass resolution condemning porn

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a resolution condemning pornography, saying it causes infidelity and erectile dysfunction. The Wichita Eagle reports that measure passed Tuesday on a 35-4 vote. The resolution has no legal...

 

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