Latest Kansas State Legislature News

Kansas abortion vote shows limits of GOP's strength

Aug. 12, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An increase in turnout among Democrats and independents and a notable shift in Republican-leaning counties contributed to the overwhelming support of abortion rights last week in traditionally conservative Kansas, according to a detailed Associated Press analysis of the voting...

2 Kansas state lawmakers who faced legal issues ousted

Aug. 03, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

Two Kansas lawmakers who faced legal issues during their time in the Legislature have been soundly defeated in their bids for reelection. Freshman Rep. Aaron Coleman, of Turner, lost a three-way race to Melissa Oropeza, of Kansas City, Kansas, in Tuesday's Democratic primary. And...

Amanda Adkins wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District.

Aug. 02, 2022 22:41 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amanda Adkins wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District.

GOP headache: Kansas poised for independent bid for governor

Aug. 01, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A hard-right Kansas lawmaker who has clashed with Republican leaders was poised Monday to win a spot on the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor, helped by allies of Democratic incumbent Laura Kelly. State Sen. Dennis Pyle, of Hiawatha, a...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jun. 22, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 17, 2022. Editorial: Did climate change kill 2,000 Kansas cows? Farmers can’t afford to ignore science Extreme weather conditions that caused thousands of cattle to perish in Kansas feedlots this past weekend may or may not have been caused by...

Officials: 2 killed in suburban Kansas City house fire

Jun. 20, 2022 08:37 AM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Two people died and a third was injured in a house fire early Monday in suburban Kansas City, Kansas. Fire crews from Overland Park and Lenexa were called to the home around 1:30 a.m. Monday and found the home ablaze, the Overland Park Fire Department...

Kansas' first transgender lawmaker not seeking reelection

Jun. 10, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' first transgender state legislator is not seeking reelection, saying Friday that she is moving to Texas so that she can help care for her wife's aging parents. Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, was elected in 2020 and quickly became a...

Conservative senator Pyle runs for governor as independent

Jun. 07, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state senator who recently left the Republican Party has begun campaigning for governor as an independent. The Kansas City Star reports that grain and livestock farmer Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha on Monday appointed a campaign treasurer, allowing him to...

Kansas Appeals Court Judge Anthony Powell to retire

Jun. 06, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Judge Anthony Powell plans to retire from the Kansas Court of Appeals on June 30, the court announced Monday. Powell has served on the state appeals court since January 2013. Prior to his appointment, he was a district judge in Sedgwick County for 11 years. He...

Kansas looking at $50M for businesses restricted over COVID

May. 23, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is moving to provide $50 million in relief to businesses such as bars, gyms and hair salons that were forced by state or local officials to shut down or restrict their operations during the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. The...