Latest Kansas State Legislature News

Kansas GOP lawmaker facing probe changes voter registration

Dec. 9, 2019 6:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican Rep. Steve Watkins is still listing the UPS store in...

Kansas lawmakers seeking federal offices free to raise money

Dec. 8, 2019 2:18 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who are running for federal office are free to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists despite a state rule limiting such contributions during the legislative session. The state limit on lawmakers accepting lobbyist contributions during the session doesn't apply to...

Misdemeanor DUI charge filed against Kansas senator

Nov. 26, 2019 1:12 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator has been charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle was found last May in a Topeka ditch. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the special prosecutor handling the case announced Tuesday the misdemeanor DUI charge against state Sen. Vic Miller of Topeka....

Republicans turn on novice whom they helped win Kansas seat

Nov. 26, 2019 7:56 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans are going after one of their own in Kansas. Some party members who helped a political novice squeak to victory in a 2018 race for an eastern Kansas seat in Congress have turned on him in favor of the state treasurer, roiling a district where President Donald Trump enjoys...

Special prosecutor appointed to Kansas senator’s DUI case

Nov. 25, 2019 5:20 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A special prosecutor will decide whether to pursue a DUI charge against a Kansas legislator who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after his vehicle was found in a Topeka ditch. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said he assigned Franklin County Attorney...

2020 could bring more serious flooding to Kansas

Nov. 17, 2019 10:39 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More than six months after floodwaters overwhelmed Lakeside Village’s well system, the roughly 150 residents of the northeast Kansas community drink, cook and bathe with water hauled in by the Kansas National Guard - up to 40,000 gallons daily. The Kansas City Star reports...

Party-switching Kansas House member to seek open Senate seat

Nov. 15, 2019 9:59 AM EST

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area lawmaker who made headlines by switching to the Democratic Party last year is seeking the state Senate seat of another lawmaker who did the same thing. Four-term state Rep. Stephanie Clayton of Overland Park announced Friday that she would run next year for the...

DA: Kansas judicial panel did not violate open meetings law

Nov. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission that screens applicants for the Kansas Supreme Court didn't violate the state's open meetings law in naming three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy, a prosecutor said Thursday. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett rejected...

Lawmaker quits outside job amid conflict of interest worries

Nov. 4, 2019 10:49 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state senator has resigned from her job outside of government working for a company that has earned more than $13.3 million from state contracts since 2016 amid conflict of interest concerns. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Sen. Julia Lynn of Olathe resigned Friday from...

Impeachment raised as issue in GOP primary for Kansas seat

Nov. 1, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Republican candidate in a Kansas congressional race is making impeachment an issue against one of her GOP primary opponents. The Kansas City Star reports that Sara Hart Weir has accused GOP rival Amanda Adkins of remaining "eerily silent" on opposing the impeachment inquiry into...