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Kansas Lawmakers Return Wednesday

Posted: 03/05/2013 - The Legislature remained out of session Tuesday following last week's so-called ``turnaround'' deadline. That's the day most bills must clear their chamber of origin to remain under consideration this year.

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Kansas Lawmakers Mull Changing School Bargaining Law

Posted: 03/04/2013 - Kansas legislators are considering major changes in a state law governing contract negotiations between teachers and school districts, prompting the state's largest teachers union to complain of what it calls a ``war'' on educators.

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Proposed Legislation Promotes New Charter Schools

Posted: 03/04/2013 - Bills before the state House and Senate would allow charter schools greater freedom and more funding opportunities in Kansas, where the schools have struggled to take hold.

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Kansas House Voting On Court Of Appeals Change

Posted: 03/01/2013 - The Kansas House is preparing to take a final vote on legislation giving the governor and legislators more power over appointments to the state Court of Appeals.

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Mixed News On State Revenue Collections

Updated: 02/28/2013 - The Kansas Revenue Department said Thursday that February receipts were about $30 million below expectations, but the state is still ahead for the fiscal year.

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Kansas Senate Approves Election Fraud Bill

Updated: 02/28/2013 - Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach has made election fraud a major focus of his tenure since he took office in 2011 and a bill approved by the Senate would give him authority to prosecute the crime.

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Kansas House Advances Court Of Appeals Change

Posted: 02/28/2013 - The House gave first-round approval on a 68-54 vote Thursday to legislation giving the governor and legislators more power over appointments to the state Court of Appeals.

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Bill Requiring Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Advances

Posted: 02/27/2013 - bill would require the Department of Children and Family Services to screen applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for illegal drug use. Those identified with a suspicion of use would be subject to testing.

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Kansas Braces For Federal Budget Cuts

Posted: 02/27/2013 - Kansas officials waiting to see how automatic cuts in federal spending will affect on the state are trying to assure residents that state government services remain fully funded.

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Senate Panel Rejects Kansas Reading Initiative

Posted: 02/26/2013 - A Senate committee rejected a plan that would have barred promotion to fourth grade for third-graders who fail to read at a proficient level on state tests.

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Kansas Senate Delaying Tax Bill Debate

Posted: 02/26/2013 - Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce said Tuesday a bill implementing the Governor's income tax cut proposals would probably be debated during the week of March 11 because of a backlog of other issues.

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Opposition Arises To Guns In Public Buildings

Posted: 02/26/2013 - A proposal to require public buildings to either allow concealed weapons or provide adequate security measures is drawing the ire of leaders of local governments, health centers and local community corrections officers.

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Kansas Governor's Reading Plan Gets Hearing

Updated: 02/25/2013 - The Senate Education Committee heard testimony Monday a proposal that includes $10 million in grant money for intervention programs to help third-graders meet state standards in reading.

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Committee OKs Kansas Drug Testing Measure

Posted: 02/25/2013 - A Senate committee advanced a drug testing requirement for applicants for and participants in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

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