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Kansas News Service Monday, May 13th, 2019

The 2019 Kansas legislative session wrapped up a week ago with a notable lack of success in two areas: an attempt to pass Medicaid expansion, and an effort to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Kansans. Democratic state Rep. Brandon Woodard talked about the session and his take on what happened with Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service.

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Dan Biles asked how much would be enough for the state to demonstrate it has complied with a string of court orders to make school funding adequate. (Charlie Riedel, Associated Press)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Justices are indicating that they want to find a way to end the Gannon v. Kansas lawsuit and remove the high court from annual school funding debates. Four school districts originally sued the state in 2010, and the case has dragged on since.  

A special committee will be formed to write another Medicaid expansion bill over the summer and Senate leadership has committed to considering the measure in January. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas News Service Monday, May 6th, 2019

Kansas lawmakers wrapped up their session over the weekend without resolving one of the biggest issues confronting them – Medicaid expansion.    

Republican Majority Leader Rep. Dan Hawkins (left) and Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman worked the phones to secure enough votes to end a standoff over Medicaid expansion and pass the budget to end the legislative session. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Lawmakers ended the session in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Associated Press Sunday, May 5th, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators have pushed a tax relief proposal through the Kansas Legislature, ignoring predictions from Governor Laura Kelly's fellow Democrats that she will veto it, just as she did with a larger plan. Kelly issued a statement early Sunday calling for a comprehensive review of the state's tax system. 

A protester throwing fliers in the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Friday, May 3rd, 2019

They threw thousands of fliers off balconies in the Statehouse.

The advocacy organization Kansas Appleseed is working to pressure Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate into allowing a vote on a Medicaid expansion bill.
Kansas News Service Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning have so far refused to allow a vote on the issue of expanding KanCare, the state's version of Medicaid.

Kauffman Stadium in Kanas City (File photo / KCUR)
Stephen Koranda Monday, April 29th, 2019

Proposals to legalize sports betting in Kansas have struck out this session.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by Dan Skinner)
Associated Press Monday, April 29th, 2019

Kansas lawmakers have tightened the financial requirements for a license to operate nursing homes after state regulators were forced to take over 22 struggling facilities last year.

The Kansas Judicial Building in Topeka is home to the Kansas Supreme Court
Staff and Wire ... Friday, April 26th, 2019

The Kansas Supreme Court rules that the state constitution protects abortion rights.


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