December 7, 2023

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Tag: Kansas Senate

Kansas Senate OKs constitutional amendment capping property valuations

Three initial “No” votes on SCR 1610 changed to “Yes” for a revised proposal in SCR 1611 limiting increases in…

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Constitutional amendment limiting property valuation to 3% annually is one vote shy of passing Kansas Senate

A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution limiting yearly property valuation increases to 3%, except under certain conditions, is one…

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Women’s Bill of Rights, defining male and female, passes Kansas House

The Kansas House has followed the Senate by approving SB 180, the Women’s Bill of Rights, codifying into state law…

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Senate bill would eliminate competition in power transmission construction

A bill in front of the Kansas Senate would effectively give complete control over electric transmission projects in the state…

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KEMA overhaul protects due process, privacy, prevents mask mandates

A revision to the Kansas Emergency Management Act (KEMA) that would limit the ability of local governments and school boards…

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Testimony: Utilities could have avoided winter storm price hikes

When “Winter Storm Uri” hit in February, it plunged the nation into a deep freeze, causing rolling blackouts across the…

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Senate advances property tax transparency legislation

A property tax transparency bill is headed to the Kansas House of Representatives for consideration. The legislation, Senate Bill 13,…

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Beverly Gossage, Dave Owen vying to replace Julia Lynn

Now that Kansas Sen. Julia Lynn’s name won’t appear on the general election ballot in November, Beverly Gossage and Dave…

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Senate Medicaid Expansion Committee meeting dates set

A special select committee of Kansas Senators is set to meet on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 to map out…

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Lax enforcement aids in escalation of protests at Capitol building, Senator says

Acts of civil disobedience in the Kansas Capitol escalated throughout the session and according to one state Senator, Capitol Police…

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Legislators to attempt override of Kelly vetoes on final day

Kansas Majority Leader Dan Hawkins has spoken to every single Republican House member leading up to the legislature’s final day…

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Despite legislative trick, Medicaid expansion unlikely in KS this year

Sen. Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, submitted a motion to move a House bill for Medicaid expansion out of committee…

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Windfall tax bill SB 22 headed to Governor’s desk

Lawmakers adopted a bill that would allow taxpayers to keep the savings garnered by last year’s federal tax cuts. Under…

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KS Senate Set To Repay $115M to KPERS

Kansas senators launched an opening salvo on the budget today, forwarding to final action a bill that would make a…

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Catholic Lobbyist: Electing Republicans Doesn’t Guarantee Religious Liberty

Kansas is a case study in the idea that nothing will be fixed if Christians continue voting for Republicans, writes Michael…

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Colyer, Kobach Appear To Part Ways on School Finance Solution

In all but tone, there’s little daylight between the policy positions of Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kansas Secretary of…

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Sticker Shock: JoCo Payroll Spikes Beyond Rate of Inflation

Johnson County government’s top paid employee makes nearly three times the median household income in the county and two-and-a-half times the…

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House Slams Brakes on Banking Bill as Medicaid Expansion Vehicle

Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward tried to slip amendments related to Medicaid into legislation dealing with banks yesterday. The…

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Bollier “Horrified” by Senate Delay on Gun Legislation She Would Change

A gun proposal supported by the National Rifle Association and Moms Demand Action is stalled in the Senate. Senate Majority…

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Dem Leaders Request Interim Committee on School Finance

Legislative leadership will consider whether to create an interim committee on school finance in light of the Kansas Supreme Court’s…

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Republican Legislative Leaders Call Court Disrespectful of Legislative Process

Kansas Senate leadership is drawing a line in the sand. Sen. President Susan Wagle, Vice President Jeff Longbine and Majority…

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Kansas Legislature Closes with Something Old, Something New

The Kansas Legislature formally wrapped for the session on its 114th day, Sine Die, but not before finishing two key…

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Conference Committee To Hash Out School Funding Legislation

A conference committee will hash out the differences between Kansas House and Senate school funding legislation. There will not be…

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School Funding Formula May Fund All-Day Kindergarten

A Kansas House committee spent hours crafting legislation that adds $750 million in new funding for schools over the next…

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