A legislative committee on education offered a glimpse at what Kansas lawmakers could propose during the 2024 session. The Legislature hinted at changing the formula for funding special education and pushing more school choice measures.
Kansas is one of the few states that doesn’t offer legal access to marijuana, and one of just nine states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid. Kansas seniors will be lobbying lawmakers for both.
A bipartisan commission led by former state lawmakers Thursday endorsed recommendations raising the base salary of House and Senate members to $43,000 per year.
Kansas lawmakers have continued to pass on a federal policy that could make more people eligible for food assistance programs. Now, the state is one of the last in the country that has not yet adopted it.
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.
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