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Stephen Koranda Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback today (TUE) signed a bill requiring both parents to consent to an abortion for a girl under 18. The bill would only require one parent in some cases, such as divorced parents. Current law only requires that parents be notified. Last week Brownback signed into law legislation barring abortions at 22 weeks of development, stating that is when a fetus can feel pain. That bill does contain an exception for cases where the mother’s health is in danger. At the start of the legislative session, Brownback called on lawmakers to send him bills creating what he calls a culture...

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 11th, 2011

A report that tracks national retail and services sales shows that Americans are starting to drive less. Jim Hanni (HAY-nee) is with Triple A Kansas:According to the report, which monitors spending at 140,000 service stations, gas sales have fallen for five weeks in a row. Another national survey also shows that about 70 percent of the nation's major gas station chains are reporting declining gas sales in conjunction with rising gas prices. Hanni (HAY-nee) says that the Kansas average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.66. Most analysts are predicting a four-dollar-a-gallon...

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 11th, 2011

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be speaking at KU tonight (TUE) about policies aimed at fighting illegal immigration. The Republican has made immigration and voter fraud his core issues. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st, 2011

Lawmakers have wrapped up the main legislative session, but there are still some of the most important issues to finalize. Legislators will return to Topeka later this month to pass a final version of the budget. But as KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, they first have to craft the final budget plan.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st, 2011

State tax collections came in below estimates in March, and that could hurt efforts to balance the state budget. The Department of Revenue says tax collections were 19 million dollars below estimates. The House and Senate have crafted budget plans aimed at leaving the state with a surplus at the end of next fiscal year, but tax collection shortfalls could erase that projected ending balance. Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, says lawmakers do still have the option of altering the budget plans.Morris says it wasn’t all bad news. March 2011 tax collections were up by $18...

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Kansas House members have approved their version of the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. It took lawmakers 14 hours to wrap up debate on the budget, which spends around 6 billion dollars in state revenue. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, some House members had their minds set on cutting spending.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Kansas House has approved its version of the budget for 2012. After a marathon session yesterday (THUR), the House voted 69-52 to approve the package, which includes about 6 billion dollars in state spending. The proposal would leave the state with around 80 million dollars at the end of the fiscal year. House Speaker Mike O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, was happy with the outcome.Paul Davis of Lawrence is the top Democrat in the House. He wasn’t satisfied with millions of dollars in cuts to social services and school funding.Complicating matters is yesterday's (THUR) revenue report for...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The Kansas House has voted to include legislative staff in a proposed state employee pay cut. A House committee had originally voted to exempt lawmakers’ staff from the cut. During debate on a budget bill, some lawmakers called the exemption unfair. Representative TerriLois ("terry lois") Gregory is a Baldwin City Republican.The pay cut would affect employees making more than 40 thousand dollars per year. Employees making more than 100 thousand dollars per year would see their pay reduced by 7.5 percent. Lower paid employees would see a smaller cut. House members could finalize their version...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The Kansas House has advanced a bill that would put new regulations on abortion clinics. Similar bills have passed in previous years, but were vetoed by past governors. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more on how the debate played out on the House floor.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Kansas senators have approved their proposal for the state budget. It took nearly four hours of debate yesterday (TUE) for the upper chamber to agree on a funding plan for the fiscal year starting July 1st. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, senators made some deep cuts to bring the budget into balance.


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