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Jim McLean Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Lawmakers used a one-day special session to approve the bill to allow no-questions-asked exemptions to vaccine requirements and fine Kansas businesses that don't comply.

Dr. Lee Norman's profile across Kansas began to grow early in the COVID-19 pandemic, partly from appearances like this at a news conference in March 2020. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, November 19th, 2021

Dr. Lee Norman was the face of public health through the COVID-19 pandemic. That also made him a target of criticism from Republicans. He also faced internal tension with Governor Laura Kelly's administration.  

Kansas lawmakers will return to Topeka next week to push back on the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Public health and legal experts warn that passing new laws to strengthen religious exemptions in order to fight the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandates could sow chaos and hurt Kansas.  

Kansas State Representative Aaron Coleman was arrested last month and charged with domestic battery. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Coleman for Kansas)
KCUR Radio Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Coleman tried to “shame” his brother for wanting to get baptized, according to an affidavit. Coleman then pushed his brother backwards, hit him in the chest and spit on him, the document says.  

Legislators outside the door to the Kansas House of Representatives (Photo by Stephen Koranda, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, November 11th, 2021

It appears to be the first time that Kansas lawmakers have called themselves back into special session using a petition.  

State Representative Aaron Coleman at a protest earlier this year opposing calls to remove him from office. (Photo by Stephen Koranda, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

Kansas state Representative Aaron Coleman could face a legislative complaint after a domestic battery charge.  

Jennifer Hildebrandt, left, and Karen Thornhill resume shopping after listening to the governor call for the elimination of the state sales tax on food. They watched a news conference held at this Topeka grocery store. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, November 8th, 2021

Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly's call to eliminate the state's grocery tax comes just days after her likely opponent in next year's election did the same.  

Nearly 100 people opposed to federal vaccine mandates crowded into a recent Kansas legislative hearing held by a committee charged with finding ways to block them. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Kansas lawmakers are looking for ways to block federal vaccine mandates, but Republican-led lawsuits could prove more effective.  

Kansas State Senator Gene Suellentrop in Shawnee County District Court for his plea hearing. (Photo by Blaise Mesa, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, October 25th, 2021

Republican state Senator Gene Suellentrop was sentenced for two misdemeanors and avoids a felony conviction for charges of drunk driving, going the wrong way on I-70, and evading police.  

(Photo by Abigail Censky, KCUR)
Kansas News Service Thursday, October 21st, 2021

For decades, college towns like Lawrence, Manhattan and Emporia lost the political power of their students when it came to state legislative districts. This year, things are different.  

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