Latest Kansas state government News

A bill passed by Kansas lawmakers would make it a crime to coerce someone into an abortion

Apr. 10, 2024 10:16 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People who make physical or financial threats against others in Kansas to force them to get an abortion could spend a year in prison and be fined up to $10,000 under one of several proposals pushed through the Republican-controlled Legislature. Abortion...

GOP lawmakers are using the budget to pressure Kansas' governor on DEI and immigration

Apr. 03, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans are likely to approve a proposed state budget for Kansas with provisions aimed at forcing the state's Democratic governor to restrict diversity initiatives on college campuses and help Texas in its fight with the Biden administration over border security. ...

Kansas considers limits on economic activity with China and other 'countries of concern'

Mar. 27, 2024 15:50 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas advanced proposals Wednesday aimed at preventing individuals and companies from China and other U.S. adversaries from owning farmland or business property, limiting state investments in foreign companies and restricting the use of foreign-made...

Kansas moves to join Texas and other states in requiring porn sites to verify people's ages

Mar. 26, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is poised to require pornography websites to verify visitors are adults, a move that would follow Texas and a handful of other states despite concerns about privacy and how broadly the law could be applied. The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature...

In the Kansas House, when lobbyists ask for new laws, their names go on the bills

Mar. 26, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — For years, pinning down the source of a bill in the Kansas Legislature could be a chore for lawmakers' constituents. Committees sponsor almost 85% of the proposals, so finding the group or lobbyist responsible could require questioning multiple lawmakers or, in recent years,...

Kentucky GOP moves to criminalize interference with legislature after transgender protests

Mar. 15, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican-supermajority legislature is taking steps to criminalize disruptive protests inside the Capitol, raising concerns among advocates that their right to challenge authority will be chilled. Before big votes on polarizing issues, throngs of...

Today in History: March 2, Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a game

Mar. 02, 2024 00:21 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, March 2, the 62nd day of 2024. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York...

A Kansas county shredded old ballots as the law required, but the sheriff wanted to save them

Feb. 22, 2024 19:10 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The most populous county in Kansas has rejected demands from the local sheriff and the state's attorney general to preserve old ballots and records longer than legally allowed, shredding materials sought for an election fraud investigation that has yet to result in any...

Kansas lawmakers are allowing a 93% pay raise for themselves to take effect next year

Feb. 08, 2024 12:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is set to nearly double state legislators' pay at the start of next year, making their compensation better than it is for their counterparts in a majority of states, including more populous ones like Georgia and Texas. The increase is nearly $28,000 a...

As long school funding lawsuit ends in Kansas, some fear lawmakers will backslide on education goals

Feb. 07, 2024 16:46 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court has closed out a nearly 13-year-old lawsuit that repeatedly forced the Republican-controlled Legislature to boost funding for public schools, and Democrats predicted Wednesday that GOP colleagues soon would be trying to backslide on lawmakers' promises. ...