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Kansas House Advances Big Anti-Abortion Bill

Posted: 03/19/2013 - The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and barring public schools from using sex education instruction from abortion providers.

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Kansas Official Says Pension Bonds Would Help System

Updated: 03/18/2013 - KPERS Executive Director Alan Conroy told the House pensions committee Monday that a plan to issue bonds would boost the short-term financial health of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.

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Kansas House Tax Plan Could Delay Road Projects

Posted: 03/18/2013 - Transportation Secretary Mike King issued a statement Monday about a provision of a tax bill before the Kansas House that diverts $382 million in revenues over two years from highway projects.

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Ex-US Senator, Nobel Winner Talk Pensions In Kansas

Posted: 03/18/2013 - Kansas legislators are hearing a pitch for starting a 401(k)-style pension plan for new teachers and government workers from former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey and a Nobel Prize-winning economist.

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GOP Sen. Rob Portman Backs Same-Sex Marriage

Posted: 03/15/2013 - Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a co-sponsor of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), now supports same-sex marriage, he announced late last night.

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Kansas House Gives Approval To 3 Gun Laws

Posted: 03/14/2013 - The House approved a bill that would expand the number of public buildings where people with a state permit could bring concealed weapons, including the Statehouse.

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Kansas House GOP Uncertain About Sales Tax Proposal

Posted: 03/14/2013 - Several Republicans said Thursday they're willing to consider canceling a cut in the state sales tax if it allows the state to pursue more cuts in personal income taxes.

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Kansas Senate Debating Union Paycheck Deductions

Posted: 03/14/2013 - A bill prohibiting public employee unions in Kansas from deducting money from members' paychecks to help finance political activities is advancing in the Legislature.

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Kansas House Advances Gun Measure

Updated: 03/13/2013 - A bill advanced in the House Wednesday would allow school districts and state colleges to designate employees who could carry concealed firearms inside their buildings, even if such weapons were banned for others.

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Key Kansas Senator: Flaws Removed From Union Bill

Posted: 03/13/2013 - Senate Commerce Committee chairwoman Julia Lynn said Wednesday that the panel has narrowed a bill so it wouldn't also prevent public employee unions from lobbying lawmakers.

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Kansas Treasurer Mindful Of State Balances

Posted: 03/13/2013 - State Treasurer Ron Estes said Wednesday that the state has been able to pay its obligations to schools and other bills on time, in part, by borrowing from state idle funds.

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Kansas House Panel OKs Tax Plan To Rival GOP Gov's

Updated: 03/12/2013 - A proposal approved Tuesday by the House Taxation Committee rejects key elements of GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's plan for following up on individual income tax cuts enacted last year.

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New Kansas Income Tax Plan Emerges

Posted: 03/11/2013 - House Tax Committee Chairman Richard Carlson said Monday he will unveil a tax cut plan that wouldn't rely on additional sales tax revenues to stabilize the budget while the state reduces income tax rates further.

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Kansas House OKs Bill To Boost KDOT, Turnpike Ties

Updated: 03/11/2013 - The Kansas House has approved a bill that supporters say is an attempt to encourage cooperation between the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the state Department of Transportation.

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Kansas House To Take Final Vote On Turnpike Measure

Posted: 03/11/2013 - The Kansas House is preparing to take final action on a bill that supporters say is an attempt to encourage cooperation between the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the state Department of Transportation

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Court, Attorneys Discuss Kansas School Funding Case

Updated: 03/11/2013 - Attorneys involved in a Kansas school finance lawsuit have chosen the dean of Pepperdine University's law school and a Topeka attorney to serve as mediators to settle the case.

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