July 20, 2024

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Tag: Kansas Legislature

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Kansas lawmakers send governor another tax cut bill

After multiple vetoes, the Kansas Legislature believes “Groundhog Day” has ended, and Governor Laura Kelly says she will sign its…

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KPI urges Legislature to pass constitutional amendment to limit property valuation increases

The Kansas Legislature, in its upcoming Special Session, should approve a constitutional amendment limiting the annual increases in property valuations,…

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Most Kansas cities lost population over the last three years

Most of the largest cities in Kansas have lost population over the last three years. According to data from the…

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Kansas House fails to override veto of youth “gender-affirming care”

A bill that would have banned so-called “gender-affirming care” for minors in the state is dead, at least for this…

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly vetoes bill to ban ‘gender-affirming care’ for minors

A new law that would have banned so-called “gender-affirming care” for minors has been vetoed by Governor Laura Kelly. Senate…

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Kansas Blueprint for Literacy requires ‘science of reading’ in comprehensive education reform

Using the science of reading to teach literacy will soon be required in Kansas schools — and to train new…

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Kansas Justice Institute wins civil asset forfeiture case

A Geary County woman will soon have her vehicle back after a state court dismissed the civil asset forfeiture case…

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SB 428 reinforces school board members’ ability to conduct needs assessments

Senate Bill 428 (SB 428), currently in front of the Kansas Senate Committee on Education, would force district administrations to…

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Senate Bill 509 would create a tax credit for private and home school families

A bill that would provide a tax credit to families whose children are in either private school or are homeschooled…

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Study: Medicaid expansion puts hospitals at higher risk of closure

It has become a mantra with Kansas Democrat Governor Laura Kelly: any hospital closure is blamed on not expanding Medicaid. …

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Three years after scathing audit, questions remain about Angel Investor Tax Credit

More than three years after reporting deficiencies were found in the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit program by the Kansas…

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Education establishment gearing up for new lawsuit over SPED funding

The State Supreme Court in 2019 determined that the Legislature met the Court’s definition of adequate funding of schools, including…

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Senate bill would remove onerous license requirements on ‘sugaring’

If all goes well this legislative session Bryn Green, of Hays, will be able to earn a living without having…

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Education establishment hostile to accreditation requirement to follow state law

The Kansas education establishment is pushing back hard against a bill that simply requires districts to comply with state law…

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Special Education Task Force recommends more funding without required study

Legislation that created the Special Education Task Force directs it to “study and make recommendations for changes in the existing…

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House, Senate leaders look ahead to 2024 Kansas legislative session

Will Kansans see a flat tax, property tax reform, and school choice in 2024? How about Medicaid expansion? What to…

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Audit identifies concerns about state economic development incentives

A new report from the Kansas Division of Legislative Post Audit identifies serious deficiencies in several economic development incentive programs…

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School funding exceeds $20,000 per student adjusted for cost of living

New data from the Kansas Department of Education show school funding was $17,650 per student in the 2023 school year,…

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Kansas lawmakers discuss reform of civil asset forfeiture law

Standards of proof required for civil asset forfeiture, the process through which a law enforcement agency may seize and take…

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School districts sitting on $1.25 billion in operating cash reserves

New data from the Kansas Department of Education show school districts collectively added $68 million to their operating cash reserves…

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Democrats push property tax hike on cars, farms, businesses

With the legislative session just around the corner, Kansas House Democrats are pushing a big property tax increase on cars…

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Pennsylvania settlement allows parents to opt students out of SEL

In a victory for parents, America First Legal recently announced a settlement agreement in a lawsuit it filed earlier this…

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Inspector General report pushes for background checks on teachers, staff

A recent audit by the Medicaid Inspector General of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s management of School-Based Fee…

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State audit: just spending more won’t improve achievement

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is touting recent slight increases in state assessments as proof that more spending results in improved…

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