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Schmidt: Kansas universities violating state's new COVID law

Nov. 30, 2021 18:11 PM EST

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has notified state education officials that some public universities are violating a state law passed last week that loosened requirements for obtaining medical and religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccinations. Schmidt wrote a letter...

Kansas financially protecting workers who refuse COVID shots

Nov. 23, 2021 17:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday brushed aside complaints from fellow Democrats about signing a Republican measure aimed at financially protecting workers who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccines by declaring, “leadership means seeking compromise.” ...

Kansas GOP lawmakers OK helping workers defy COVID mandates

Nov. 23, 2021 00:45 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas approved a measure Monday night to make it easy for workers to claim religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provide unemployment benefits to people fired for refusing the shots. Gov. Laura Kelly said...

Kansas push to defy COVID rules complicates governor's race

Nov. 20, 2021 13:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are treating Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s opposition to federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates as a political bluff and are forcing policy choices upon her that could complicate her already difficult bid for reelection. ...

US judge blocks Kansas law on mailed ballot applications

Nov. 19, 2021 17:09 PM EST

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Kansas on Friday to suspend a new law prohibiting out-of-state groups from mailing advance ballot applications, siding with two national nonprofit groups that contend it disenfranchises voters. U.S. District Judge...

Judge blocks tax cut rule in American Rescue Plan

Nov. 16, 2021 18:15 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the U.S. Treasury from enforcing a provision of the American Rescue Plan Act that prohibited states from using the pandemic relief funds to offset new tax cuts. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler ruled Monday in...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Nov. 15, 2021 13:17 PM EST

Kansas City Star. November 11, 2021. Editorial: Pay people not to take the COVID-19 shot? What are Kansas Republicans even thinking? Should we pay the unvaccinated to stay home because the COVID-19 vaccine frightens them? It’s a completely absurd,...

GOP wants Kansas to move against vaccine mandates this month

Nov. 09, 2021 19:15 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas are pushing to enact new state laws before Thanksgiving to protect workers financially if they refuse to comply with federal mandates to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Top GOP legislative leaders called Tuesday for...

Governor pushing to end Kansas' high sales tax on groceries

Nov. 08, 2021 16:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Many Kansas families would save hundreds of dollars a year under a proposal Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined Monday to eliminate the state's unusually high sales tax on groceries. Kelly's proposal, which would save consumers roughly $450 million...

Kansas governor more forceful against COVID vaccine mandates

Nov. 05, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly grew more forceful Friday in opposing President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandates, saying it's “too late” in the coronavirus pandemic to impose them after Kansas and other states tailored responses to their needs. ...