Latest Kansas State Legislature News

Missouri passes bill to limit police use of chokeholds

May. 13, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Legislature on Thursday passed a wide-ranging bill that would, among other things, limit when police can use chokeholds, in an effort to respond to the outcry over police violence. The Republican-led House voted 140-4 to send the...

Governor: Kansas agencies resuming normal operations in June

May. 12, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas state government offices will return to normal operations in mid-June after more than a year of having many employees work remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. But Kelly said state employees and...

Leader of new group, another Democrat to leave Kansas House

May. 11, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas City-area Democrats plan to resign from the Kansas House later this year, with one announcing his decision Tuesday after helping launch a liberal nonprofit group. State Rep. Brett Parker, of Overland Park, said he will spend more time with...

Kansas lawmakers want to keep cocktails to go after pandemic

May. 10, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state that made saloon smasher Carrie Nation famous is moving to allow people to get beer and cocktails to go after the coronavirus pandemic. Kansas lawmakers approved a bill last week to allow to-go beer and alcoholic drinks from clubs, bars...

Plan ties Kansas school tax to break for closed businesses

May. 08, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A measure approved by Kansas lawmakers ties the renewal of a tax that's crucial to funding public schools to a proposed tax break for businesses that are forced to shut down during future emergencies or pandemics. The bill...

New plan keeps Kansas governor in decisions on COVID funds

May. 08, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature backed off its effort to remove Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly from final decisions on how federal coronavirus relief funds are spent. Budget legislation approved Friday includes a provision that gives top...

Kansas plan could give $500M in COVID relief to businesses

May. 08, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans pushed a plan through the Kansas Legislature early Saturday that could provide roughly $500 million to small businesses to offset losses tied to state and local restrictions meant to check COVID-19's spread last year. ...

Kansas legislators approve COVID-19 relief for businesses

May. 08, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas passed proposals by early Saturday to ban COVID-19 vaccine passports, limit efforts to track down the close contacts of people with the coronavirus and provide up to $500 million to businesses that closed or faced pandemic restrictions. ...

Kansas lawmakers pass funding hike, school 'choice' proposal

May. 07, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Friday easily approved a bipartisan measure boosting education spending to what was touted as full funding for public schools while also making more students eligible for private school scholarships. The Republican-controlled...

Kansas House approves medical marijuana; Senate won't follow

May. 07, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House voted for the first time Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state, but Republican leaders signaled the Senate wouldn't consider the bill in the final days of the legislative session. Before the House advanced the measure...