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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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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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