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Stephen Koranda Monday, March 14th, 2011

Kansas House leaders have cut short debate on a bill that would trim spending out of the current state budget. Lawmakers sent the measure back to the Appropriations Committee for more discussion. Representative Eber (EE-burr) Phelps, a Hays Democrat, supported the move. The measure started as a two page bill, but more than 30 pages of amendments were added. Phelps believes lawmakers didn’t have enough time to study all the changes.Last week, Governor Sam Brownback cut 56 million dollars to balance the budget that ends June 30th. Lawmakers are looking to slice about 35 million dollars more in...

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 14th, 2011

Kansas lawmakers are considering new regulations aimed at combating metal theft. High prices for scrap metal have led to an increase in metal thefts in some areas. The bill would require all metal recycling facilities to get a permit to operate. Bud Burke is a lobbyist working on behalf of Advantage Metals Recycling, based in Kansas City. He says some companies might not want to come to Kansas, over fears that they would not be able to get permits to operate in the future.A law passed in 2007 requires metal dealers to keep records of people turning in scrap metal. Supporters of the bill say...

Stephen Koranda Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Negotiations on a bill to cut spending in the current fiscal year won’t be continuing this week. After members of the House and Senate couldn’t come to an agreement, Governor Sam Brownback took actions into his own hands. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th, 2011

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is taking steps to deal with the state’s budget deficit. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is cutting 56-million dollars from the state’s current fiscal year budget. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th, 2011

Civil rights groups are opposing a plan to change the Kansas Human Rights Commission. The organization investigates claims of discrimination in areas such as housing and employment. Governor Sam Brownback has proposed moving the commission into the attorney general’s office. Reverend Ben Scott is president of the Topeka NAACP. He has concerns about moving the commission, because attorney general's office is a partisan office run by an elected official.Brownback says the move will save the state around 200 thousand dollars. Brownback’s office has said the commission will be more effective...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th, 2011

A group of lawmakers is calling for an end to ethics hearings focused on a former Kansas attorney general. Phill Kline is accused of misleading judges and mishandling evidence during his investigations of abortion providers. KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Korand has more.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th, 2011

A group of lawmakers is calling for an end to ethics hearings focused on a former Kansas attorney general. Phill Kline is accused of misleading judges and mishandling evidence during his investigations of abortion providers. Kline, a Republican, was attorney general from 2003 to 2007. He then served as Johnson County district attorney. Around 25 lawmakers today (THUR) said the hearings should end. Representative Steve Brunk is a Republican from Wichita.The top Democrat in the Kansas House, Paul Davis of Lawrence, says lawmakers should not interfere with the ethics hearings. He believes...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Budget writing committees in the Kansas Legislature are working on compromises to maintain funding for the Early Head Start program. More from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The state court system in Kansas is starting a comprehensive study to look for ways to save money. Last year, the court system had to close its doors for several days due to a budget crunch. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, court officials hope to avoid problems like that in the future.

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