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 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    June 16, 2021 

GOP ends COVID emergency in Kansas; Kelly sees 'obstruction'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will struggle to vaccinate residents and thousands of families will lose extra food aid because top Republican legislators on Tuesday ended a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, one of Democratic Gov. Laura...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 30, 2021

Plan would return Kansas Statehouse prayer room to 1st spot

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators have hatched a plan for returning the Kansas Statehouse's meditation room to its original spot after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly moved it to create more space for her staff. Senate President Ty Masterson,...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 28, 2021

Kansas GOP leaders preparing to end COVID state of emergency

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators served notice Friday that they're preparing to end Kansas' state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic and accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly of having no "exit strategy." Eight top leaders of...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 26, 2021

Deputy: Student says Kansas lawmaker kicked him in testicles

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A high school student told a sheriff's deputy that a Kansas House member kicked him in the testicles while the lawmaker was working as a substitute teacher in his hometown last month, according to the deputy's written...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 20, 2021

Kansas governor pressured to end extra $300 in jobless aid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is facing increasing pressure from companies, business groups and prominent Republicans to have Kansas stop paying an extra $300 a week in benefits to unemployed workers. The top three Republicans in...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 16, 2021

Kansas lawmaker faces 3 battery charges over school incident

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House member was charged Monday with three counts of misdemeanor battery, accused of having made "rude, insulting or angry" contact with two teenage students in a classroom while working as a substitute teacher. The...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 9, 2021

Kansas plan could give $500M in COVID relief to businesses

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans pushed a plan through the Kansas Legislature early Saturday that could provide roughly $500 million to small businesses to offset losses tied to state and local restrictions meant to check COVID-19's spread last...

 
 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...

 

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