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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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Kansas Board To Hear Legislative, Science Update

Posted: 03/11/2013 - The Kansas Board of Education will get an update this week on school-related legislation and an effort to develop new standards to guide science instruction in the state.

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Democrats Look To Join Kansas Ed Funding Talks

Posted: 03/08/2013 - Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis said Friday they expect to file a request Monday with the Kansas Supreme Court to intervene in school finance negotiations.

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Lawmakers Eye College Savings Plan For Poor

Posted: 03/08/2013 - Lawmakers are considering a proposal that allows up to 1,200 state residents each year to receive up to a $600 yearly state match for contributions to the Kansas' 529 college savings plan.

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Bill Would Make Police Get Warrant For GPS Use

Updated: 03/08/2013 - Kyle Smith, deputy director the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, testified Thursday that Kansas law needs to be updated because it currently doesn't address GPS search warrants.

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Legislators Debate Kansas Innovative schools Bill

Posted: 03/07/2013 - Kansas lawmakers are debating legislation to create 10 innovative school districts that would be exempt from many state rules and regulations in exchange for improving student achievement.

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Kansas House Panel Approves Anti-Abortion Bill

Posted: 03/07/2013 - The House Federal and State Affairs Committee approved a bill aimed at ensuring the state doesn't subsidize abortions even indirectly through tax exemptions or credits.

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