Latest Kansas State Legislature News

Kansas governor vetoes Republican plan to ban mask mandates

May. 13, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a bill that would prohibit government mask mandates in Kansas and curb the power of state and local health officials during outbreaks of infectious diseases. The measure was the Republican-controlled Legislature's...

Bill protects doctors who prescribe 2 controversial drugs

May. 13, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill passed this week by the Missouri Legislature would prevent state licensing boards from disciplining doctors who prescribe the controversial off-label drugs ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to their patients. The measure also would prevent...

Kansas legalizes sports betting, then gets sued by casino

May. 12, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legalized sports betting Thursday, only to be sued almost immediately by the operator of a state-owned casino that could offer the new wagering over an unrelated part of the law designed to revive a long-closed greyhound track in its area. Democratic Gov....

Kansas governor signs bill phasing out grocery sales tax

May. 11, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday signed into law a plan from Republican lawmakers to phase out the state's sales tax on groceries over three years. Kelly had a ceremony at a grocery store in Olathe, fulfilling a promise to sign the bill even though it is...

Missouri House passes new congressional redistricting plan

May. 09, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With time running short, the Missouri House on Monday passed a newly proposed map for the state's eight congressional districts that — if the Senate agrees — could be used in elections later this year. The plan approved 101-47 by the state House is...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

May. 03, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

Topeka Capital Journal. April 29, 2022. Editorial: Kansas Legislature pushed political power play instead of helping Kansans who are hurting The Kansas Legislature could have axed the sales tax on food promptly. Read that again. Instead, Republican...

Chiefs actively considering future of Arrowhead Stadium

Apr. 29, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are actively considering the future of Arrowhead Stadium, pushing ahead with planning far earlier than expected following the Kansas City Royals' decision to investigate a new downtown ballpark. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said Friday...

GOP lawmakers in Kansas OK ban on state, local mask mandates

Apr. 29, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican lawmakers have approved a measure that would prohibit Kansas or its cities, counties or school districts from imposing mask mandates to control the spread of any infectious disease. But the measure's supporters fell far short early Friday...

Kansas tightening rules for adults receiving food assistance

Apr. 29, 2022 06:21 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will be tightening its rules for adults receiving food assistance even though critics have warned that its new law is so sloppily written that it will apply to thousands more people than supporters intended. The Republican-controlled Legislature on...

Kansas lawmakers give final approval to sports betting plan

Apr. 29, 2022 06:12 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators gave final approval early Friday to a bill that authorizes betting on sporting events, with most of the state's revenues from it going to efforts to lure the Missouri-based Kansas City Chiefs to the Kansas side of the metropolitan area. The...