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 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 5, 2021

GOP lawmakers in Kansas push COVID-19 relief for businesses

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers advanced a plan Tuesday to provide hundreds of millions of dollars to Kansas businesses hurt by coronavirus pandemic restrictions, and they're poised to give GOP leaders the final say over how the federal...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 5, 2021

GOP's split halts push in Kansas for convention of states

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans who see the federal government as out of control split Wednesday and halted the push in Kansas for a convention of states to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution. The state Senate spent nearly three...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 2, 2021

Push against trans athletes in girls' sports fails in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans in Kansas failed Monday to overturn the Democratic governor's veto of a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's sports, unable to convert successes in other states or Caitlyn Jenner's...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 30, 2021

Top Kansas court upholds law barring 'wrongful birth' suits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court on Friday upheld a law barring so-called wrongful birth lawsuits against doctors, in a case in which a couple sued because they weren't told of serious fetal defects until after an abortion could have been...

 

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...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 21, 2021

New fiscal forecast for Kansas fuels GOP's tax-cut dreams

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials on Tuesday issued a new, more optimistic fiscal forecast for state government and projected healthy cash reserves through June 2022, giving Republican lawmakers new ammunition in pushing for state income tax...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 18, 2021

Ex-Kansas governor launches bid; GOP rivals test key themes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday formally launched his campaign to reclaim the office in 2022, portraying himself as the true conservative in the Republican primary as his main GOP rival questioned his electability....

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 16, 2021

Kansas governor vetoes Republicans' proposed income tax cuts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed proposed income tax cuts in Kansas, the third time in two years that she has rejected a Republican plan and accused GOP lawmakers of trying to revive a nationally notorious fiscal exp...

 

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...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 9, 2021

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 9, 2021

GOP ousts Kansas Senate leader charged with DUI from post

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Friday ousted a powerful Kansas lawmaker charged with drunken driving from his leadership job following the release of a document saying he taunted the Highway Patrol trooper who arrested him and called the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 9, 2021

Push for 'school choice' measure falters in Kansas Senate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A split among Republicans on Friday blocked a proposal from conservative Kansas lawmakers to allow parents of academically struggling students to pay for private schooling with state dollars normally earmarked for public...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 7, 2021

Funds for Kansas schools tied to GOP right's 'choice' plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican lawmakers on Wednesday tied funding for Kansas' public schools to a proposal that would allow parents of academically struggling students to use state dollars to pay for private schooling. Republican...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 2, 2021

Kansas sports betting push stalls; odds of passage uncertain

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An effort to legalize sports betting in Kansas has stalled, and it's not clear that state lawmakers can agree on how many places should offer wagering while also navigating other gambling issues clouding the debate. Some sports...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 31, 2021

GOP fights Kansas mask policy as coronavirus variant spreads

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the GOP-controlled Kansas House are formally registering their opposition to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan for encouraging counties to keep mask mandates in place as a potentially more infectious strain of...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 31, 2021

GOP lawmakers advance measure to tighten Kansas voting laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas are joining GOP colleagues nationwide in trying to tighten voting laws, advancing a measure Wednesday that would make it harder for churches, civic groups, neighbors and candidates to collect and r...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 31, 2021

GOP says pandemic justifies special tracing rules in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers argue that a pandemic justifies special rules in Kansas for protecting the privacy of people exposed to COVID-19 and on Wednesday advanced a proposal to preserve those rules over public health groups' object...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 28, 2021

Kansas mulls paying businesses hit by COVID-19 restrictions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are working on a plan for setting aside potentially several hundred million dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay businesses harmed by state and local restrictions imposed last year to check the...

 

Kansas opens up vaccinations to all adults starting Monday

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday that anyone in Kansas age 16 or older will be allowed to get a coronavirus vaccine starting Monday because the state expects to get enough of the medicine to speed up its...

 

Lawmakers take up backlog of court cases caused by pandemic

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are working to give prosecutors and courts time to clear a backlog of several thousand criminal cases that built up during the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate approved, 32-7, a bill Wednesday night that would...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 19, 2021

Kansas bill on trans athletes advances amid misogyny charges

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Wednesday traded sometimes-bitter accusations of misogyny as conservative Republicans advanced a proposal to ban transgender students from girls' and women's school sports that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 19, 2021

Kansas lawmakers at odds over how to legalize sports betting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With the first round of college basketball's March Madness underway, Kansas legislators moved closer Friday toward legalizing sports betting, though big disagreements remained over where fans should be able to place wagers. A...

 

Kansas governor says she intends to sign emergency extension

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that a measure approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to rewrite Kansas' emergency management laws while limiting her authority during the coronavirus pandemic is...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 18, 2021

Kansas governor calls bill on trans athletes 'regressive'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday derided a proposed Kansas ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's school sports as "regressive" as conservative Republicans prepared to advance it in the GOP-controlled...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 17, 2021

Proposal to ban transgender athletes advances in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans advanced a proposal Tuesday that would ban transgender students from girl's and women's sports in Kansas schools and colleges, and supporters are increasingly confident of success. The state Senate...

 

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