A former state rep. said it was a mistake for the 2017 Kansas Legislature to create a 3-day grace period for acceptance of mail-in advance ballots postmarked before polls closed on Election Day.
Republican Sen. Mike Thompson orchestrated a two-day debauchery of fearmongering about advance ballots, drop boxes, and voter registration efforts. No local election official was invited to participate.
Florida think tank lobbyists pressured Kansas legislators to investigate Gov. Laura Kelly for negotiating a “secret” agreement requiring distribution of voter registration information to recipients of government safety-net assistance.
The Legislature’s perennial failure to invest in lowering local property taxes left Miami County with a budget dilemma this year. The Local Ad Valorem Tax Reduction Fund has been dormant for 20 years.
A bipartisan committee built momentum for the idea of raising the annual base salary of legislators to $45,000 and delivering substantial compensation premiums for eight lawmakers in leadership positions.
After declaring themselves a united family, “like brothers and sisters,” the top Republicans in the Legislature announced they will work together to resurrect and pass a massive flat tax plan in the first weeks of the upcoming legislative session.
Research estimates Kansas saw one of the most significant increases in abortions in the country, driven by a surge in patients from nearby states.
The state will no longer recognize transgender Kansans’ identities, reversing birth records back to assigned sex at birth and halting future modifications of birth certificates following a federal judge’s ruling.
Thousands of retired public employees in Kansas have never seen an increase to their pension pay, and inflation is eating away the value of the those payments. Advocates argue the Legislature owes them a boost.
Taxpayers are lining up at public meetings to voice frustration over increasing property taxes. State lawmakers are taking notice and could consider new restrictions on tax increases.
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