Kansas legislators are considering a proposal to impose a lower state sales tax on groceries than on other consumer goods.
Three negotiators resumed their talks on tax issues Tuesday and plan to continue Wednesday.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades of Newton was meeting privately Monday with other GOP House leaders.
Senators and House negotiators on tax issues had no meetings Monday.
Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita said Friday she thinks Republican Gov. Sam Brownback could veto tax legislation if it lets the sales tax fall below 6.2 percent.
The Senate approved a bill that would bar state and local officials from using state funds to prepare materials or broadcast advertising that promote or oppose gun control measures.
Republican legislative leaders say they want to resolve budget issues before the two chambers work out their differences on tax cuts, the other big issue still hanging over lawmakers.
Negotiators agreed Thursday to allow the state to issue additional bonds for NBAF.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis said Thursday that he'll take an unspecified ``course of administrative action'' against Tyler Longpine, his director of special projects.
A tax proposal presented during legislative negotiations Wednesday would stabilize the budget by canceling part of a sales tax decrease scheduled for July by law.
The Kansas adjutant general and top officials with the Armenian Ministry of Defense say a 10-year relationship between the state and the former Soviet republic has yielded benefits for both groups.
Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita told fellow GOP senators Tuesday that her chamber and the House don't even agree on assumptions to use in projecting state revenues and spending.
The Kansas Senate gave first-round approval to issuing additional bonds for a new, national biodefense lab in Manhattan.
In a letter to fellow judges, Hon. Lawton Nuss says Sen. Jeff King is trying to link a pay increase for nonjudicial employees to support for change in how appellate judges are selected.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis says discussions of tax issues should occur during public meetings of negotiators appointed by House and Senate leaders to resolve the chambers' differences.
The Joint Committee on State Building Construction recommends the State Finance Council reject all bids for a parking lot at SW 10th and Topeka Boulevard. The state received a high bid of $2.5 million for it.
Rep. Phil Hermanson dropped to one knee in the House chamber on Friday and proposed to Rhonda Riggs. Riggs accepted, much to the approval of the Wichita Republican's colleagues.
A House committee put new language in a bill, saying there won't be extra money for services for the developmentally disabled unless the services are brought into the Medicaid overhaul.
A Kansas House committee has approved a proposal to spend $1.2 million to fund a new research center for potential medical cures with adult stem cells.
Native American leaders were on hand for the ceremonial signing of a bill designating the first Wednesday of February as Native American Day at the Capitol.
Gov. Sam Brownback confirmed Wednesday that he's been talking directly to Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita and House Speaker Ray Merrick of Stilwell about taxes.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee advanced a measure for additional bonds for NBAF.
Many GOP conservatives want to amend the state constitution to have the governor make Supreme Court appointments, subject to Senate confirmation.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said Tuesday that Democrats haven't "been brought into the loop'' on Gov. Brownback's latest proposal for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University.
Democratic leaders Sen. Anthony Hensley and Rep. Paul Davis met with reporters Tuesday ahead of the legislative session resuming Wednesday.
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