February 27, 2024

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Tag: Ron Ryckman

Kelly issues new disaster declaration — cautioned against overreach

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly again issued a disaster declaration on Jan. 6 — the first such since the previous state…

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Republicans differ on approach to eliminating federal vaccine mandate

Three Kansas state senators and two state representatives are asking fellow lawmakers to petition Governor Laura Kelly for a special…

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GOP leaders to Governor: Stop illegally spending COVID relief funds

Republican leaders in the Kansas House and Kansas Senate will consider legal action against Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration over its…

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Confusion reigns on emergency orders after judge issues SB 40 ruling

Morris County officials are operating as if Senate Bill 40 is still in effect thanks in part to the threat…

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KASB effectively criticizes school districts for low teacher pay

The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) is a membership group funded by local school districts, so it was quite…

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Kelly vetoes tax relief in SB 50, wants to keep ‘found wallet’

Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed SB 50, legislation that would have reversed state tax increases resulting from the 2017…

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Truth in Taxation property tax bill a priority for legislative leaders

The one-day closing session of the 2020 Legislature may bring the passage of the Truth in Taxation property tax bill…

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Lawmakers face call to grow government with higher tax revenue

The group that creates budget estimates for the state of Kansas revised its tax revenue numbers last week, estimating the…

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AG Schmidt slaps back at Kelly administration sales tax directive

A sales tax directive, issued by Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration, exceeds the Governor’s authority, according to a legal opinion issued today by…

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Tax reform council focuses on paying for more spending

Tax reform is usually associated with attempts to reduce taxes, but the first day of hearings at Kansas Governor Laura…

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AG Schmidt to issue legal opinion on Kelly’s internet sales tax increase

Attorney General Derek Schmidt will issue a legal opinion on Gov. Laura Kelly’s directive to expend the internet sales tax…

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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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Capital-Journal treats school funding rumor as fact

Despite a lack of evidence or confirmation, the Topeka Capital-Journal printed allegations from Democrats saying House Speaker Ron Ryckman, (R)…

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Kansas House Majority Leader: State “Just Robbing” Taxpayers

Apparently no one told the new House Majority Leader, Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican, that a blue wave had transformed Kansas…

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Compressed Veto Session Means Lawmakers Can’t Override Colyer Veto

Kansas lawmakers ceded some of their authority when they scheduled Sine Die — of final adjournment. As they adopted a…

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How Are Those Gun-Free School Zones Working Out? Not Well, Kobach Tells 2A Supporters

As Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach watched 16-year-old gun control advocates rally following a school shooting in Parkland, Florida,…

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Education Debate Whiplash: Constitutional Amendment Stalled, Funding Debate Next

The Kansas Senate is expected to take up debate on an education spending bill at some point today. That’s despite…

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Legislative Leaders Show Some School Finance Cards at Party Meeting

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning and House Speaker Ron Ryckman didn’t make any pledges, but they gave attendees an idea…

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AG’S Office Monitoring Possible Audit of Deputy Education Commissioner

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office isn’t investigating reports that the Kansas Deputy Education Commissioner unlawfully allocated extra transportation funding to…

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Legislative Leaders Seek Suspension of KS Deputy Education Commissioner

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle and Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman are asking the Kansas State Department of Education to…

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Brownback Proposes Adding $600 Million to Public Education in State of State

Gov. Sam Brownback’s final State of the State Address revealed his response to the state Supreme Court’s school funding ruling,…

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Read Their Lips: No Tax Increase in Kansas

Leaders in both the Kansas House and Kansas Senate say increasing taxes to pay a Kansas Supreme Court-imposed ransom to…

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Lobbyist, Guest Movements Captured at Senate Leadership Event

It wasn’t mentioned when guests slipped on name tags at a Kansas Senate Republican Committee fundraiser on Friday, but Harrison…

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Special Interim Committee Will Examine School Finance

The Legislative Coordinating Council agreed to convene a special study committee to examine the most recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling.…

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