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Statehouse

The weekly report on developments in the Kansas Legislature from the Kansas News Service
Kansas News Service Monday, March 2nd, 2020

State lawmakers are a step closer to legalizing sports betting in Kansas. The gaming bill recently cleared the state Senate. The size of the state’s take and the online sale of lottery tickets remain issues as the measure moves on to the House.    

Sens. Richard Hilderbrand (left) and Mike Thompson (right) speak during a floor debate this week. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Lawmakers hit a major deadline, known as "turnaround."

The bill would allow the plates for any vehicles older than 35 years. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

The bill would allow more cars to get the special Kansas license plates.

JAG-K Day at the Kansas Statehouse, February 2020. JAG-K students pose for a photo with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, a supporter of JAG-K.  JAG or, "Jobs for America's Graduates," is a national program designed to help students suceed in life. The Kansas Chapter is called JAG-K. (Photo from JAG-K)
J. Schafer Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

For the first 11 years of her life, Kira endured the worst kind of abuse. When the abuse finally stopped, she suffered from depression and even considered suicide. Today, Kira is 17 and a successful Kansas high school student. Hear how a program called JAG-K turned her life around. KPR's J. Schafer reports.

Reporters for KPR and the Kansas News Service discuss the week in the Kansas Legislature.
Kansas News Service Monday, February 24th, 2020

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle is urging senators to block a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan drafted by Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning and Democratic Governor Laura Kelly. 

Emily Brown was questioned about her natural hair at the non-profit organization where she is founder and CEO. (Photo courtesy of Emily Brown)
KCUR Radio Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

The bill primarily addresses discrimination in schools and the workplace against African Americans hairstyles .

U.S. Highway 69 in Overland Park at dawn, as traffic quickly fills up a highway that clogs nearly every rush hour. (Photo by Scott Canon, Kansas News Service)
Jim McLean Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly won election, in part, on a promise to restore the state’s finances.  And, she says she's not seeking a tax increase to help pay for her new $10 billion transportation plan.

A state website shows all the registered offenders within one mile of the Kansas Statehouse. (Screenshot from the Kansas Bureau of Investigations public registry)
Stephen Koranda Monday, February 17th, 2020

A committee advanced two bills to ease up on the registry rules.

Medicaid expansion advocates attend a rally last month at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, February 17th, 2020

Lawmakers frustrated by Medicaid expansion delays are considering pushing back.

Reporters for KPR and the Kansas News Service discuss the week in the Kansas Legislature.
Kansas News Service Monday, February 17th, 2020

Kansas lawmakers remain deadlocked on the issues of abortion and Medicaid expansion. But they’re making progress on other issues, including a proposal aimed at curbing e-cigarette use among young Kansans by banning the sale of flavored vape juices.

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