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Kansas legislative leadership adopts revised sexual harassment policy
9 Feb 2018 at 6:48pm

Leaders of the House and Senate agreed Friday to amend sexual harassment policy applicable to the legislative branch, despite assertions by Democrats changes fell short by failing to require independent investigation of complaints and not outlining consequences for conduct violations. Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, pressed legislative colleagues to adopt the new policy language and foster a more respectful attitude about power differentials among legislators, lobbyists, interns and staff. More than 300 people in the legislative branch, including legislators, participated last mo...

Kansas bill would earmark $8 million in lottery proceeds for water programs
9 Feb 2018 at 6:40pm

Frustration with inability to properly finance Kansas water programs prompted consideration of a bill Thursday earmarking $8 million in state lottery proceeds for research, testing and remediation projects. The legislation would require appropriations to the State Water Plan to be drawn entirely from the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, which captures revenue from lottery ticket sales. Passage of House Bill 2528 would repeal a mandate the water plan rely primarily on general state tax revenue.

Kansas lawmakers declare pornography public health hazard
8 Feb 2018 at 6:37pm

The Kansas Senate passed a resolution denouncing pornography as a public health hazard Tuesday. The resolution said porn leads to health impacts and societal  harms.

Colyer Addresses KS Legislature
7 Feb 2018 at 6:36pm

New Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer is calling for an amendment to the state constitution to protect the current state restrictions on abortion and is telling legislators that he opposes raising taxes to provide more money for public schools. Colyer outlined his positions on abortion, school funding and other issues Wednesday afternoon (2/7) during a joint session of the Kansas House and Senate. It was the Republican Governor’s first major policy speech since taking office last week.

Kansas legislators offer support for livestreaming committee proceedings
7 Feb 2018 at 6:35pm

A long-running effort to livestream hearings in the Kansas Statehouse could come to fruition under a bill House committee members heard Wednesday. Audio streams are already available for most of the Legislature’s meetings. Some meeting rooms have video streaming equipment, but House Bill 2562 would phase in video streaming in 2020. Similar attempts haven’t made it into statute in the past because of the cost.

Colyer's First Executive Order As Kansas Governor: Fight Sexual Harassment
5 Feb 2018 at 6:31pm

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer used his first executive order Monday to tighten sexual harassment rules for thousands of state workers. Accusations of sexual misconduct have surfaced around the Kansas Legislature in recent months, much like the #MeToo movement that’s swept the country. Colyer’s order requires that executive branch employees under his control undergo annual sexual harassment training. “We are going to have a positive, professional environment for everyone to work,” Colyer said. “Sexual harassment will not be tolerated, period.”

Kansas Sales Tax Cut On Food Popular, But Perhaps Elusive
2 Feb 2018 at 6:20pm

Lowering the Kansas sales tax on food is as popular as it is difficult in a state scrounging for every nickel to balance its budget. On Thursday, supporters of a plan to cut taxes on groceries sounded off at the Kansas Statehouse with a plea to a Senate committee to advance a constitutional amendment that would reduce the rate. The current state sales tax rate stands at 6.5 percent. Local sales taxes bring the total to more than 11 percent in some parts of Kansas. Under the proposal, the state sales tax on food would drop to 4 percent in 2019 and 2 percent in 2020. Local sales tax decisio...

Kansas tax collections beat expectations
1 Feb 2018 at 6:19pm

Kansas’ individual income tax collections beat expectations by $165 million in January, the Kansas Department of Revenue announced Thursday. The state’s income, sales and other tax collections are 6.8 percent ahead of estimates for the fiscal year that started in July.