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Judge asks Kansas attorney general to review pandemic law

Jun. 10, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

MISSION, Kansas (AP) — A judge has asked the Kansas attorney general to weigh in on “significant constitutional problems” raised by a state law that gives those who object to pandemic restrictions such as mask requirements the right to trigger a 72-hour review. ...

Ex-Kansas Gov. Colyer riled by disclosure of personal data

Jun. 10, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer says a Kansas county election office isn’t doing enough to protect him after it accidentally disclosed his Social Security number to a political research firm this spring. Colyer is running for governor in 2022,...

Kansas to pay $826K to man's estate over wrongful conviction

Jun. 02, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered Kansas to pay more than $826,000 to the estate of a man who died in February following his release from prison after serving more than 12 years over a wrongful murder conviction. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt...

Voting rights advocates sue over 2 new Kansas election laws

Jun. 02, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two national nonprofit groups that encourage voting by mail sued Kansas election officials Wednesday over new election laws passed this year by the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. The lawsuit from VoteAmerica and the Voter Participation...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

May. 26, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. May 24, 2021. Editorial: Derek Schmidt and Eric Schmitt want to cancel ‘critical race theory,’ aka ‘history’ Last week, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Missouri AG Eric Schmitt, both of whom are running for bigger...

Kansas governor vetoes GOP COVID relief plan for businesses

May. 21, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a Republican proposal to set aside hundreds of millions of Kansas' federal coronavirus relief dollars to compensate small businesses that faced restrictions earlier in the pandemic. Kelly said in her veto...

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 seeks 9% of allowed vaccine doses, ponders COVID laws

May. 06, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has requested less than 9% of its federal allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses for this week, as Republican state lawmakers try to revive proposals to ban government vaccine passports and restore limits on tracing the close contacts of people exposed to the virus....

GOP's split halts push in Kansas for convention of states

May. 05, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans who see the federal government as out of control split Wednesday and halted the push in Kansas for a convention of states to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution. The state Senate spent nearly three hours during the final...