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 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 12, 2024 

Kansas has some of the nation's lowest benefits for injured workers. They'll increase in July

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will increase what have been among the lowest benefits in the U.S. for workers who are injured or killed on the job under bipartisan legislation that Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law Thursday. The new law is set to take e...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 12, 2024 

Kansas governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for minors and 2 anti-abortion bills

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor on Friday vetoed a proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors, a measure to require more reporting from abortion providers and what she called a "vague" bill making it a crime to coerce someone into h...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 10, 2024

A bill passed by Kansas lawmakers would make it a crime to coerce someone into an abortion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People who make physical or financial threats against others in Kansas to force them to get an abortion could spend a year in prison and be fined up to $10,000 under one of several proposals pushed through the Republican-controlle...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 5, 2024

Tax cuts pushed by GOP leaders and the governor advance, but a tough vote is ahead

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor in Kansas advanced their compromise plan to cut the state's taxes Thursday, but the last vote the measure faced involved a large and bipartisan group of critics. The state S...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 5, 2024

Kansas lawmakers scuttle a plan for cutting taxes, defying the governor and GOP leaders

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bipartisan group of rank-and-file lawmakers in Kansas scuttled a plan for cutting taxes Thursday, with Republicans defying GOP leaders and Democrats ignoring a personal appeal from the state's Democratic governor. The state H...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 5, 2024

GOP lawmakers are using the budget to pressure Kansas' governor on DEI and immigration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans are likely to approve a proposed state budget for Kansas with provisions aimed at forcing the state's Democratic governor to restrict diversity initiatives on college campuses and help Texas in its fight with the B...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 5, 2024

Kansas lawmakers approve a tax bill but the state still might not see big tax cuts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are struggling to overcome political divisions that have prevented their state's residents from seeing major income tax cuts over the past two years even as other states have slashed income tax rates. The R...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 3, 2024

Kansas GOP lawmakers revive a plan to stop giving voters 3 extra days to return mail ballots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas have revived a proposal to stop giving voters three extra days after polls close to return mail ballots after making key concessions in a bid to get enough votes from rural GOP lawmakers to o...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 3, 2024

A Kansas paper and its publisher are suing over police raids. They say damages exceed $10M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A weekly central Kansas newspaper and its publisher filed a federal lawsuit Monday over police raids last summer of its offices and the publisher's home, accusing local officials of trying to silence the paper and causing the deat...

 

Republican states file lawsuit challenging Biden's student loan repayment plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group of Republican-led states is suing the Biden administration to block a new student loan repayment plan that provides a faster path to cancellation and lower monthly payments for millions of borrowers. In a federal l...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 29, 2024

As Kansas nears gender care ban, students push university to advocate for trans youth

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — With Kansas poised to ban gender-affirming care for minors, college students are trying to counter Republican efforts to roll back transgender rights by pushing the state's largest university to declare itself a haven for trans...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 29, 2024

Kansas lawmakers race to solve big fiscal issues before their spring break

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature is scrambling to address tax cuts, funding for disability services and immigration issues ahead of its annual three-week spring break starting next week. Most bills that don't pass by then won't be c...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 27, 2024

In the Kansas House, when lobbyists ask for new laws, their names go on the bills

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — For years, pinning down the source of a bill in the Kansas Legislature could be a chore for lawmakers' constituents. Committees sponsor almost 85% of the proposals, so finding the group or lobbyist responsible could require q...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 27, 2024

Kansas considers limits on economic activity with China and other 'countries of concern'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas advanced proposals Wednesday aimed at preventing individuals and companies from China and other U.S. adversaries from owning farmland or business property, limiting state investments in foreign c...

 

They don't define DEI, but Kansas lawmakers are attacking it like GOP colleagues elsewhere

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas have joined their GOP counterparts in other states in trying to restrict diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on university campuses, but the proposals they've advanced are written to avoid h...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 13, 2024

Viral video of Biden effigy beating prompts calls for top Kansas Republican leaders to resign

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two top Kansas Republican Party officials are facing internal calls to resign over a viral online video showing people at a fundraiser kicking and beating a mannequin wearing a mask of President Joe Biden, underscoring the n...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 8, 2024

Voters backed abortion rights. Yet Kansas could make doctors ask patients why they want abortions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas moved closer Thursday to requiring abortion providers to ask patients why they want to terminate their pregnancies and report the answers to the state. It would join other states with Republican legislatures that ban m...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 6, 2024

Conspiracies hinder GOP's efforts in Kansas to cut the time for returning mail ballots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A repeating of baseless election conspiracy theories in the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature appears to have scuttled GOP lawmakers' efforts this year to shorten the time that voters have to return mail ballots. The state...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 6, 2024

A GOP split thwarted election conspiracy promoters in Kansas and sank tighter mail ballot rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A deep split among Republican lawmakers in Kansas on Tuesday doomed proposals from election conspiracy promoters to upend how the state conducts elections and also sank an effort with broader GOP support to shorten the time voters...

 

States offer services for disabled kids, then make their families wait 10 years for them

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Lilly Miller was in elementary school, teachers told her parents they needed to immediately sign up their youngest daughter, who has Down syndrome, for a wait list so the state would pay for a day program when she grew up. T...

 

Republican dissenters sink a GOP 'flat' tax plan in Kansas by upholding the governor's veto

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican plan to cut taxes in Kansas died Tuesday in the GOP-controlled Legislature when enough members concluded that it would favor wealthy taxpayers too much and upheld the Democratic governor's veto. The vote in the s...

 

In the chaos of the Kansas City parade shooting, he's hit and doesn't know where his kids are

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jacob Gooch was having what was sure to be the best day of his year, hanging out with his wife and children and friends in the massive, happy, high-fiving crowd of fellow Kansas City Chiefs fans at the parade celebrating t...

 

At least 6 US states are considering tougher penalties for killing police dogs

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawmakers in at least six states are considering longer prison sentences or bigger fines for harming or killing police dogs, and the idea has bipartisan support despite questions about how the animals are used and a fraught h...

 

Kansas' AG is telling schools they must out trans kids to parents, even with no specific law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general is telling public schools they're required to tell parents their children are transgender or nonbinary even if they're not out at home, though Kansas is not among the states with a law that explicitly says...

 

Kansas lawmakers are allowing a 93% pay raise for themselves to take effect next year

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is set to nearly double state legislators' pay at the start of next year, making their compensation better than it is for their counterparts in a majority of states, including more populous ones like Georgia and Texas. T...

 

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