Latest Kansas state government News

Kansas is making a big run at Kansas City's pro teams with a plan to help pay for new stadiums

Jun. 19, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is making a serious run at becoming the new home for the reigning Super Bowl champions with legislators approving a plan Tuesday to lure the Chiefs and Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals away from Missouri. Bipartisan legislative...

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that voting is not a fundamental right. What's next for voters?

Jun. 04, 2024 11:56 AM EDT

A split Kansas Supreme Court ruling last week issued in a lawsuit over a 2021 election law found that voting is not a fundamental right listed in the state Constitution's Bill of Rights. The finding drew sharp criticism from three dissenting justices on the high court. The...

Kansas Constitution does not include a right to vote, state Supreme Court majority says

May. 31, 2024 18:58 PM EDT

The Kansas Supreme Court offered a mixed bag in a ruling Friday that combined several challenges to a 2021 election law, siding with state officials on one provision, reviving challenges to others and offering the possibility that at least one will be halted before this year's general election. ...

Kansas' governor has killed proposed limits on foreign land ownership

May. 10, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Proposed restrictions in Kansas on the foreign ownership of land died Friday when the state's Democratic governor vetoed a bill that top Republican lawmakers argued would protect military bases from Chinese spying. The Kansas House's top GOP leader accused Gov....

Kansas has new abortion laws while Louisiana may block exceptions to its ban

Apr. 30, 2024 17:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is requiring abortion providers to share new patient information with the state and increasing funds to anti-abortion centers, while in Louisiana bills to loosen its restrictive ban face an uphill battle, thanks to Republican supermajorities in both Legislatures. ...

Kansas bill to limit gender-affirming care for transgender minors dies after failed veto override

Apr. 30, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors in Kansas died Monday when two Republicans switched their votes and prevented the Republican-controlled Legislature from overriding the Democratic governor's veto of the measure. The Kansas House...

Progressive candidates are increasingly sharing their own abortion stories after Roe's demise

Apr. 13, 2024 14:41 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For decades, only three people knew Gloria Johnson had had an abortion. But a year of watching women and doctors agonize under Tennessee's strict abortion ban kicked up a fire in the longtime Democrat. She watched in dismay as her Republican colleagues in...

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...