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Kansas governor requiring masks for state workers, buildings

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday announced that she's imposing a mask mandate for Kansas state government workers and visitors to state buildings in the wake of a "self-inflicted" surge in new COVID-19 cases fueled by the...

 

Delta variant fills Kansas hospital beds with COVID patients

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A COVID-19 surge in Kansas fueled by the faster-spreading delta variant is filling up hospital beds in some areas. Four times as many patients with confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized this week as were hospitalized...

 

Kansas license suspension reforms stumble in Legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Supreme Court staff stepped in this spring to oppose legislation meant to address issues surrounding drivers license suspensions for unpaid traffic fines, an issue pushed by activists for racial justice and the poor natio...

 

Kansas governor vetoes bill to lower concealed carry age

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed people as young as 18 to carry concealed weapons, after legislators approved the bill by margins that weren't large enough to override a veto. The legislation...

 

Kansas governor vetoes measures to tighten election laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed two Republican-backed election bills on Friday, including one that would have limited most individuals to delivering 10 ballots during each election and another that would have barred the governor, secret...

 

New Kansas law to make it a crime to trespass at pipelines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill signed into law by Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly will make it a misdemeanor to trespass near oil and gas pipelines. The bill Kelly signed last week gained bipartisan support in the state Senate, but drew criticism...

 

Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas...

 

Kansas lawmakers OK bill mandating civics test for students

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature has passed a Republican-backed bill that would require graduating high school students to have passed a civics test with questions such as, “What is one way Americans can serve their country?” The...

 

GOP conservatives help medical marijuana advance in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas medical marijuana supporters have found support from some conservative Republican legislators, allowing a proposal to advance Monday after weeks of deliberations. Some Republicans say they have been motivated by...

 

Racial justice panel's bills stalling in Kansas Legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature has so far not acted on proposals from a racial justice and equity commission established last year by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly following the killing of George Floyd, and neither the governor nor the...

 

Asian American Kansas lawmaker says he was threatened at bar

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The only Asian American lawmaker serving in the Kansas Legislature says he was physically threatened in a western Kansas bar by an out-of-state patron, who he said questioned if he had been carrying COVID-19. In social media...

 

Kansas lawmakers reject requiring in-person classes March 26

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican proposal to require all Kansas public schools to offer every student full in-person classes by March 26 failed Tuesday in the state House after some lawmakers complained that it would take too much power away from...

 

Kansas lawmakers look to protect businesses, debate vaccines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers moved Tuesday to extend protections for businesses from lawsuits over COVID-19, while a prominent critic of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said the state's vaccine distribution has improved in recent weeks. The...

 

Bill to drop concealed carry age won't get committee vote

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill to lower the legal age to carry concealed firearms in Kansas from 21 to 18 has stalled in a House committee, but a supporter plans to offer the proposal for consideration on the House floor. Rep. John Barker, an Abilene...

 

Kansas House gives first approval to college athlete bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House members advanced a bill Monday that would allow college athletes to profit from their name, image, or likeness. The legislation is backed by both University of Kansas and Kansas State University athletic directors...

 

Kansas bill to recognize other states' gun permits advances

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A House committee has advanced a bill to expand Kansas' recognition of other states' concealed carry permits. The bill is backed by Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who said in a hearing last month that the bill would...

 

Kansas lawmakers push civics test for high school graduation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker and the state's Republican attorney general are pushing a bill to require high school students to pass a civics test to graduate in an effort to increase civic engagement. The proposal is facing pushback from...

 

Kansas eyes allowing concealed carry for people under 21

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas gun rights supporters are pushing to lower the age for concealed carry of firearms from 21 to 18. Wichita Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter and a Kansas State Rifle Association lobbyist on Wednesday told the House Federal...

 

Kansas lawmakers open session clouded by COVID, DC violence

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators opened their annual session Monday with new leaders in the Senate, new lawmakers in a quarter of the seats and a top Republican acknowledging that he's asked for extra security. The 90-day session began amid...

 

Kansas governor gets COVID-19 shot; GOP officials to wait

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots while some top Republican officials passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs....

 

Kansas equity, justice panel wants end to no-knock raids

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission established by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in response to the mass civil unrest over racial injustice earlier this year is urging state lawmakers to ban officers from entering a home without announcing their presence,...

 

Kansas governor makes racial justice recommendations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly released a report Thursday outlining more than 60 recommendations to the state Legislature and local government officials on how to tackle racial justice issues. The report's recommendations were crafted...

 

Jobless Kansans go weeks without benefits as problems linger

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic say they are going weeks or months without unemployment benefits they are due, and some lawmakers say they can't get answers from the state Department of Labor...

 

Kansas to launch pro-mask campaign but faces skepticism

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is preparing to launch a media campaign aimed at getting more of its residents to wear masks so that the coronavirus doesn't keep spreading rapidly, though some officials are skeptical that it will move the needle much. T...

 

Kansas equity panel to recommend marked cars for police

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission Gov. Laura Kelly established to examine policing and other racial justice issues after George Floyd's death plans to recommend that Kansas law enforcement agencies no longer use unmarked police vehicles during...

 

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