Latest Kansas State Legislature News

GOP map likely to hinder lone Democrat clears Kansas Senate

Jan. 21, 2022 18:07 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans used their supermajority Friday to win Kansas Senate approval for a redistricting plan that likely would make it harder for the state's only Democrat in Congress to win reelection this year. The nearly four-hour debate ahead of the Senate's 26-9 vote...

Kansas teen's death has spotlight on 'stand your ground' law

Jan. 21, 2022 16:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers were thinking of homeowners facing down burglars and people attacked on the street when they wrote a “stand your ground” law more than a decade ago allowing use of deadly force in self defense. They didn't envision it applying to police officers, jail...

GOP redistricting plan in Kansas splits Democrat's district

Jan. 18, 2022 19:12 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are pursuing a redistricting proposal that would remove Democratic voters from the Kansas-City area swing district currently held by the state’s only Democratic member of Congress. The plan unveiled Tuesday also would move...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jan. 18, 2022 13:20 PM EST

Lawrence Journal-World. January 14, 2022. Editorial: Roger Marshall put Kansas in the spotlight for the wrong reasons during spat with Anthony Fauci There’s no love lost between Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., and Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute...

GOP race for Kansas AG focuses on fighting Biden, not crime

Jan. 15, 2022 10:29 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The last time a Republican primary for Kansas attorney general was competitive, candidates argued over criminal sentencing laws and crowded prisons. That was 20 years ago. This year's competitive primary race is focusing on fighting Democratic President Joe...

Kansas governor proposes to set aside $600M, spend reserves

Jan. 12, 2022 17:19 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Wednesday that Kansas put $600 million of its surplus revenue in a rainy day fund and spend nearly $1.8 billion of the excess revenue on a long list of projects. Parts of Kelly's proposed spending blueprint for state...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jan. 12, 2022 00:47 AM EST

Topeka Capital-Journal. January 7, 2021. Editorial: Kansas lawmakers should make these 7 issues top priorities during 2022 legislative session The Kansas Legislature will start the 2022 session on Jan. 10. We’re hopeful this session will be productive and fruitful...

Kansas governor seeks tuition freeze, calls state healthier

Jan. 11, 2022 22:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly called Tuesday for another freeze in tuition at Kansas colleges in a State of the State address that portrayed the state as booming economically and previewed what are likely to be major themes in her reelection campaign. The Democratic governor...

Taxes, vaxes and maps: Kansas Legislature kicks off session

Jan. 10, 2022 17:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican lawmakers are eager to cut taxes because Kansas is flush with cash, but the annual legislative session that opened Monday is shadowed by redistricting, election year-politics and COVID-19. With GOP supermajorities in...

Kansas lawmaker not yet charged over arrest in late November

Dec. 28, 2021 17:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 21-year-old Kansas lawmaker has not been criminally charged a month after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving because the testing to determine whether he was under the influence has not been completed. Democratic state Rep. Aaron Coleman, of Kansas...