Latest Kansas State Legislature News

Kansas Senate approves bill to allow on-farm raw milk sales

Feb. 26, 2020 9:09 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a bill that would allow on-the-farm sales of raw milk so long as farmers have a label on their containers stating that the product is unpasteurized. The vote Wednesday was 37-3 and sent the measure to the House. Kansas has allowed the sale of raw milk for...

Tim Graham, left, a member of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's staff, confers with Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine, right, R-Emporia, outside the Senate chamber ahead of a debate on legalizing betting on sports events, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Pictured between them in the mirror is Michael Murray, Longbine's chief of staff. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas struggles with details of legalizing sports betting

Feb. 26, 2020 8:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who want to legalize betting on sports events and allow online sales of lottery tickets are struggling to agree on the details and facing criticism that they're being too generous toward companies already managing casinos for the state. The state Senate voted 23-15 on...

House report faults Kansas election official in Dodge City

Feb. 26, 2020 6:34 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county clerk was dismissive of the national outcry after Dodge City's lone polling site was moved outside the city limits, according to emails released as part of a congressional investigation into voter suppression allegations. Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox called the move...

Kansas House OKs bill to address missing indigenous people

Feb. 26, 2020 11:45 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are looking to encourage training for law enforcement agencies to help address the high rates of murdered and missing indigenous people. The House approved a bill unanimously Wednesday that calls for closer collaboration between Native American tribes, the Kansas Bureau...

Kansas state Sen. Julia Lynn, R-Olathe, makes a point during a debate on legislation dealing with local property taxes, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Lynn favors the measure, which repeals a lid on local property taxes in favor of greater transparency in local tax decisions.(AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas moves to junk local tax lid in favor of transparency

Feb. 25, 2020 7:13 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are moving toward eliminating limits on local property taxes they say are ineffective in favor of a proposal aimed at requiring officials to be more transparent about upcoming levies. The Senate voted 39-0 on Tuesday to approve a bill that supporters said would force...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 25, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 23 Is it fair that Kansans who work on the Missouri side of Kansas City pay a 1% earnings tax there — but it doesn’t work the other way around for Missourians who work on the Kansas side? Probably not. But what if fixing that inequity would open the door to allowing all...

Kansas state Rep. Stephen Owens, left, R-Hesston, asks a question as Rep. Bill Pannbacker, R-Washington, watches, during a House committee hearing on a marijuana bill, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill would have ended the state's practice of making some repeat marijuana possession charges a felony, and Owens opposes because he sees it as a step toward legalizing marijuana. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmakers reject lower penalties on pot possession

Feb. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators aren't ready to declare that marijuana possession never should be a felony, rejecting proposals Monday to lower penalties for third-time offenders and to release others from prison. The House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee voted 7-4 against a bill that...

Kansas legislators contemplate raw milk ban, warning labels

Feb. 23, 2020 11:17 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering blocking the sale of raw milk or requiring farmers to include warning labels on packaging after the state abandoned a law prohibiting farmers from advertising raw milk outside their farm. The state stopped enforcing the ban after Shepherd’s Gate...

Kansas legislation rethink public offender registry rules

Feb. 22, 2020 10:18 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering making changes to the criminal public offender registry system and cutting back on penalties. The expansive system that publicly tracks convicted criminals after they've served their time covers a wide range of crimes beyond sex offenses, Kansas News...

Lobbyists Scott Schneider, left, of the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, and Kristi Brown of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, watch as a Kansas House committee debates a bill their groups support on single-use plastic bags and straws, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill approved by the committee prohibits cities and counties from banning them for the next five years. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas business groups mobilize to stop local plastics bans

Feb. 21, 2020 5:03 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas business groups have mobilized to snuff out a budding movement among a few cities to ban single-use plastic bags and straws, frustrating environmentalists who can't get the Republican-controlled Legislature to tackle climate issues. The GOP-led House commerce committee on Friday...