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In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Topeka, Kan. Schwab has told county election officials that he wants them to change how they access the state's voter registration database in an effort to make it more secure. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas elections chief's security plan causes local unease

Feb. 17, 2020 11:47 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' elections chief is pushing to make the state's central voter registration database more secure by changing how counties tap into it, but some officials are nervous about what they see as a big project in a busy election year. Secretary of State Scott Schwab has told county...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab answers questions during an Associated Press interview in his office in Topeka, Kan. Schwab is facing criticism from some legislators for saying his office needs another year to prepare for allowing counties to permit voters to go to any polling place they choose on Election Day. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Democrats sue over Kansas delay in start of 'vote anywhere'

Feb. 14, 2020 11:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas and national Democratic Party groups on Friday sued the Republican official who oversees the state's elections, accusing him of violating voters' rights by delaying the implementation of a law designed to make voting on Election Day more convenient. The lawsuit was filed in...

In this photo from Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, answers questions from reporters about Medicaid expansion following a news conference with other backers of a bipartisan plan at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Denning is urging lawmakers not to add a work requirement to the expansion legislation. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas leader decries attempts to tie abortion, Medicaid

Feb. 14, 2020 12:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas on Friday disputed the claims of GOP colleagues that a bipartisan plan to expand the state's Medicaid program would lead to taxpayers funding elective abortions. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican, sent an email to...

Kansas homeowners concerned by state's rising property taxes

Jan. 31, 2020 1:01 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Mary Coffman and her husband moved to Overland Park from Oklahoma City in 2014, they found a comparable home – and expected their property taxes to be about the same, too. They were wrong. The retirees went from paying around $2,600 a year in Oklahoma to $3,200 in Kansas....

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo Kansas Sec. of State Scott Schwab gavels members to order during the opening session of the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka. A Republican lawmaker is planning legislation that would force Schwab to implement a 2019 law that allows residents to vote at polling places most convenient to them. Across the aisle, a top Senate Democrat says he may sue to force Schwab to comply with the law that would replace traditional polling places with

Bill would force state to let residents choose polling place

Jan. 27, 2020 2:33 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is planning legislation that would force Secretary of State Scott Schwab to implement a law passed last year that allows residents to vote at locations most convenient to them, rather than assigning them to polling places. Across the aisle, Senate Minority Leader...

Kansas House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, answers questions from reporters as he prepares to depart from the Statehouse to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security briefing at a former Air Force base, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Sawyer later called the briefing

DHS briefs Kansas lawmakers on business, agriculture threats

Jan. 14, 2020 7:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Foreign governments are trying to get proprietary information about Kansas business and agricultural assets, state legislators heard Tuesday in extraordinary, secret briefings with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, according to participants. Lawmakers who attended one of...

This 2015 photo shows a set of trophy antlers of an illegally shot buck that Kansas officials have sold for $16,001 at a controversial closed auction in a state Senator's office Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that possession of the 14-point rack had prompted legislation and years of wrangling before Thursday's sale. It all started in 2011 when a poacher shot the buck in a rural area south of Topeka and fled with its head. After the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism seized the antlers the next year, land owner Tim Nedeau claimed rights to the rack that was taken from his family's land. Nedeau, outbid a representative of Bass Pro Shops. (Topeka Capitol Journal via AP)

Kansas official sells trophy deer antlers in closed auction

Jan. 4, 2020 10:40 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials have sold a set of trophy antlers from an illegally shot buck for $16,001 at a closed and unannounced auction in a state senator's office. Possession of the 14-point rack had prompted legislation and years of wrangling before Thursday's sale, The Topeka Capital-Journal...