Friday, April 10, 2020

SCOTUS overturns Kansas Supremes again, legislators call for changes to appointment process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has again overturned the Kansas Supreme Court, after vacating a decision that would have made prosecuting illegal aliens for identity theft much more difficult. In 2017 the Kansas Supreme...

Kudos to KC Star on the courage to say ‘we were wrong’

Give a tip of the hat to Kansas City Star Assistant City Editor Maria Martin. Last week the Star ran an editorial cartoon in their "913 section" by freelance cartoonist Bob Unell that showed a...

Informed consent legislation for release of sensitive student data fails

A House bill that would have required informed consent before parents allow their children to participate in a controversial survey about drug use, alcohol use, and family relationships is dead for this session. Every year,...

Senate approves Truth in Taxation property tax bill

This week's unanimous (39-0) approval of Senate Bill 294 was a huge win for taxpayers frustrated by the lack of transparency and Truth in Taxation in property tax increases. Modeled after Truth in Taxation laws...

Janus bills clear committee, head to full House, Senate

A pair of bills that would bring the State of Kansas into compliance with the United States Supreme Court's 2018 Janus decision have passed crucial committee votes and now move to their respective chambers...

Johnson County legislator proposes 5% ‘privilege’ tax on sale of guns and ammo

Rep. Jerry Stogsdill (D-Prairie Village) introduced a bill in the Kansas legislature that would impose a 5% privilege tax on the sale of guns and ammunition in the state. Law enforcement and the military would be...

Janus legislation allows public employees to leave unions at any time

The Kansas Legislature is considering bills that will bring the rights of public employees in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.  Senate Bill 361 and House Bill 2586 give public employees the ability...

City of Frontenac violated Kansas Open Records Act, AG’s office finds

In a 17-page finding, the Kansas Attorney General's Office last week concluded that the City of Frontenac violated the Kansas Open Records Act when it attempted to charge KOAM TV -- and several other...

KPI releases annual “A-F” school grades

The Kansas Policy Institute, which owns the Sentinel, released its annual "A-F" School Grades on Monday, and the results are not good. According to KPI President James Franko, the majority of the 1,275 public schools in...

Senate bill would allow Kansas counties to levy 1 percent income tax

A bill currently introduced in the Kansas Senate in the name of "equity" would allow counties across the state of Kansas to charge a local income tax to anyone who works in the county. Currently,...