Latest Kansas State Legislature News

Overland Park Republican considers challenging Rep. Davids

Apr. 15, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican chairman of a Kansas House committee that will redraw the state's congressional districts is considering a run against Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in a Kansas City-area district. State Rep. Chris Croft, of Overland Park, met last...

Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

Apr. 14, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature want to make what he did a crime...

Lawmakers chastise state labor leader on benefits claw back

Apr. 14, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several Missouri House members criticized the head of the state's labor department for continuing to try and collect portions of unemployment benefits some people mistakenly received during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency's actions came...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Apr. 13, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 9, 2021. Editorial: Who does this and keeps his job? Kansas Senate leader Suellentrop, leave or be ousted God forbid you ever would. But let’s say you drive drunk, at twice the legal blood alcohol limit, and on the wrong...

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

Apr. 09, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the state's Democratic governor. ...

GOP ousts Kansas Senate leader charged with DUI from post

Apr. 09, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Friday ousted a powerful Kansas lawmaker charged with drunken driving from his leadership job following the release of a document saying he taunted the Highway Patrol trooper who arrested him and called the officer “donut boy.” ...

Push for 'school choice' measure falters in Kansas Senate

Apr. 09, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A split among Republicans on Friday blocked a proposal from conservative Kansas lawmakers to allow parents of academically struggling students to pay for private schooling with state dollars normally earmarked for public schools. ...

Kansas lawmakers pass proposal targeting 'ballot harvesting'

Apr. 09, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Thursday softened a proposal to make it harder for people and groups to collect and deliver voters' absentee ballots but did not address Democrats' objections before the measure cleared the GOP-controlled Legislature. GOP lawmakers...

Kansas lawmakers likely to pass bill on transgender athletes

Apr. 09, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — LGBTQ-rights advocates in Kansas are relying on the state's Democratic governor or the courts to block a ban on transgender athletes in girls' or women's school sports after conservatives on Thursday moved to push it through the GOP-controlled Legislature. ...

Bill to drop concealed carry age clears Kansas Legislature

Apr. 09, 2021 00:58 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal to lower the legal age in Kansas to carry concealed firearms from 21 to 18 won final approval Thursday in the Legislature. The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill, 30-8, and the GOP-controlled House passed it hours later, 80-43,...