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Second Former State Senator Moves To KCC

Updated: 04/11/2014 - Former State Senator Pat Apple is the second former state senator to join the KCC this year. Fellow senate alum Jay Emler was approved earlier.

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Consumer Issues, Business Climate Highlight Candidate Forum

Posted: 04/08/2014 - Five Republicans and one Democrat running for Kansas Insurance Commissioner talked consumer protections, health care reform and creating competition to lower insurance costs during a candidate forum Tuesday.

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Lawmakers OK Minor Abortion Law Changes

Posted: 04/04/2014 - The Kansas House has approved abortion legislation that addresses legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers.

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Kansas Senate Advances Plan For Health Compact

Updated: 04/04/2014 - The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill to bring the state into a compact with other states hoping to become exempt from the federal health care overhaul.

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Kansas Senate Attacks Common Core Standards

Updated: 04/04/2014 - A proposal designed to block Kansas public schools from using multistate reading and math standards has been approved by the state Senate.

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13's Rob Peppers Joins Recognition Of Parkinson's Awareness Month

Posted: 04/01/2014 - Resolutions on the House and Senate floor applauded the Governor's proclamation of April as "Parkinson's Awareness Month." Lawmakers were joined by people who are living with the disease, including long-time WIBW-TV meteorologist Rob Peppers.

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Senate Leaders Spar Over Education Bill Process

Posted: 03/23/2014 - The Kansas Senate Minority leader has raised questions about the chairman of the state Senate Education Committee's decision to send education bills to other committees for consideration.

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Top KS Democrat: Increase Budget To Pay For Schools

Posted: 03/13/2014 - Kansas House Democratic Leader Paul Davis says Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature should immediately increase aid to poor school districts by $129 million.

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House Panel Advances Opt-In Sex Education Bill

Posted: 03/13/2014 - A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill requiring parents to give written permission for their children to receive sex education in public schools.

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Bond Issue, Funding On Menu At USD 501 Lunch With Lawmakers

Posted: 03/13/2014 - USD 501 Deputy Superintendent Larry Robbins and Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford held a lunch session with the Shawnee County legislative delegation. School funding and an upcoming bond issue election were on the menu.

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Lawmakers Urged To Web Stream Hearings

Updated: 03/13/2014 - The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee heard testimony Thursday on the Transparency and Accountability Act. It would create a two-year pilot program to live stream hearings from four committee rooms.

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Kansas Bill On Health Care 'Navigators' Advances

Posted: 03/12/2014 - The bill would require health care the so-called health care navigators to register with the attorney general's office by July 2015, submit their fingerprints and undergo background checks.

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