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Kansas House Panel Passes Judicial Selection Change

Posted: 01/23/2013 - The House Judiciary Committee endorsed a measure allowing governors to name whomever they want to fill vacancies on the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. The appointments would require Senate confirmation.

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States Rethink Mental Health Cuts After Shootings

Posted: 01/23/2013 - About 30 states have reduced mental health spending since 2008, when revenues were in steep decline, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In Kansas, funding has gone down 12 percent.

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Insider Knocks Kansas Judicial Process

Posted: 01/22/2013 - A member of the judicial nominating commission testified in favor of changing the way Kansas selects its judges in legislative testimony.

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Insider Knocks Kansas Judicial Process

Posted: 01/22/2013 - A member of the Kansas commission that screens applicants for the state's appellate courts says it was biased against conservative candidates in its most recent deliberations.

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Kansas Governor, AG Target Human Trafficking

Posted: 01/18/2013 - In a Statehouse news conference Friday, Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt detailed legislation creating the new crime of commercial sexual exploitation of a child.

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Kan. Officials Plot Anti-Trafficking Strategy

Updated: 01/18/2013 - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt are seeking legislation that would increase fines and penalties aimed at curbing child sexual exploitation.

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Once Targeted, Kansas State Hospital To Remain Open

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback once proposed closing a state hospital for the developmentally disabled in Topeka, but his latest budget proposals would keep it open through at least June 2015.

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Brownback Proposes Eliminating Mortgage Deduction

Updated: 01/16/2013 - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing to eliminate a popular state income tax deduction for interest paid on home mortgages to help close a budget shortfall.

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