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A weekly roundtable discussion about proceedings at the Kansas Statehouse during the Legislature’s annual session.
Jim McLean Monday, March 16th, 2020

With the coronavirus threatening to shorten the Kansas legislative session lawmakers remain far apart on the big issues of abortion and Medicaid expansion.

Dark clouds gather over the Kansas Statehouse (File photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Sunday, March 15th, 2020

As concerns over coronavirus continue to grow, access to the Kansas Statehouse has been restricted. The 2020 session is set to resume Monday, but access will be limited to legislators, staffers and those with official state business.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly speaks with secretaries Lee Norman and Laura Howard. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Jim McLean Thursday, March 12th, 2020

The governor also declared a state of emergency.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly appointed K.J. Wall to the state Supreme Court at a news conference Wednesday. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Keynen “KJ” Wall will replace retired Justice Lawton Nuss.

 A weekly roundtable discussion about what's happening at the Kansas Statehouse from the Kansas News Service
Kansas News Service Monday, March 9th, 2020

Some Kansas lawmakers say simply moving the statewide vote on the anti-abortion amendment from the August Primary to the November general election could end the stalemate over abortion and Medicaid expansion.  

 The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation. The school's athletics director says that if other schools have laws about endorsement deals and Kansas does not, KU would be "at a disadvantage." (Photo by Erica Hunzinger, Kansas News Service)
Stephen Koranda Saturday, March 7th, 2020

The proposal would allow players to make endorsement deals while still in college.

 Abortion protestors this year in Topeka, where Medicaid expansion and an anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution have become entagled. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Jim McLean Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Kelly wants to end the blockade of a Medicaid expansion plan.

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.

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