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Medicaid expansion fight delaying work on next Kansas budget
8 Apr 2019 at 12:07pm

A legislative fight over expanding Medicaid in Kansas is delaying approval of the state’s next annual budget as expansion supporters try to keep Republican opponents from blocking it for another year. Some top GOP lawmakers are conceding that an expansion plan could pass because expansion is a priority for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and has b...


Kansas Lawmakers OK Bill Allowing Farm Bureau Non-ACA Compliant Health Plan
7 Apr 2019 at 12:05pm

Republican lawmakers in Kansas pressed ahead with allowing the state Farm Bureau to offer health coverage to members that doesn’t satisfy the Affordable Care Act, a state-level effort to circumvent an Obama-era law that President Donald Trump wants to replace. The Kansas House approved an insurance bill on an 84-39 vote that includes provision...


.Statehouse Blend Kansas: School Funding Passed, Commerce Secretary Confirmed...
6 Apr 2019 at 3:07pm

Things got a little chippy during the final week of the regular legislative session, but Kansas lawmakers came away with a school funding plan and a permanent commerce secretary. On Statehouse Blend Kansas, Sec. David Toland talks with host Jim McLean about moving on to reinvigorating the state's economic development efforts.


Kansas Lawmakers Allow Veto of Tax Relief Measure to Stand
5 Apr 2019 at 3:04pm

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a Republican tax relief bill will stand because GOP lawmakers did not attempt to override it. The Republican-controlled Legislature adjourned Friday for its annual spring break without an override attempt. The deadline for trying to override will pass before lawmakers reconvene May 1.


Kasnas House approves school funding plan
4 Apr 2019 at 3:02pm

The Kansas House has approved Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan for increasing public school funding in hopes of satisfying a court mandate. The vote Thursday in the GOP-controlled chamber was 76-47. The Senate was expected to vote on the measure later Thursday, and its approval would send it to Kelly. The bill ties Kelly’s proposal to increa...


Wagle: Medicaid expansion won't happen
3 Apr 2019 at 3:01pm

As Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly urges lawmakers to expand Medicaid, the state Senate’s top Republican is opening the door to a health care bill that would include provisions favored by conservatives, such as work requirements. But Senate President Susan Wagle wants the Legislature to study expansion later this year and take up a bill in 2020. She m...


Busy week ahead for Legislature
2 Apr 2019 at 2:59pm

This week will be a busy one as members of the Kansas House and Senate debate bills, said two area representatives Saturday at a legislative forum sponsored by the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce at the Civic Center. Key legislation, including the budget and spending on education, have yet to be decided.


Time's Nearly Up For Kansas Lawmakers To Resolve School Spending
29 Mar 2019 at 2:58pm

The clock is ticking for Kansas lawmakers to figure out a school funding solution. Briefs making the case for a plan are due to the state Supreme Court April 15. With only one week of the regular legislative session to go, there’s still significant division over how to satisfy the court that funding is adequate and end the nearly decade-old Ga...


Gov. Laura Kelly: Fiscal responsibility critical to rebuilding Kansas
27 Mar 2019 at 2:49pm

Just two short years ago, the State of Kansas found itself on the brink of financial disaster. Even after depleting state savings and enduring multiple rounds of devastating budget cuts, unsustainable tax policy continued to perpetuate fiscal crisis. We saw schools close and class sizes grow. We saw an overwhelmed child welfare system let chil...


Education bills finally being debated in legislature
26 Mar 2019 at 2:47pm

Education, it's a topic that has been hovering over this legislative session. Now it's finally being debated. Lawmakers went back and forth on an education policy bill that includes a variety of topics like bullying, dyslexia, and graduation requirements.