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Stephen Koranda Friday, February 25th, 2011

A legislative deadline last week had Kansas lawmakers scrambling. It meant a busy week with many bills moving forward. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, most of the controversial action took place in the House.

Stephen Koranda Friday, February 25th, 2011

The House and Senate have yet to reach a compromise on a bill that would trim spending for the current fiscal year. A proposal that passed the Senate includes around 25 million dollars for special education that wasn’t included in the House version. If the state doesn’t put up the money, Kansas could lose around 25 million dollars per year in federal funding that helps pay for special education. A House proposal would transfer money from K through 12 school funding to cover the special education deficit. But Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, opposes that plan, saying...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The Kansas House has moved forward a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. It would also require people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship. Supporters of the legislation say it’s needed to help prevent voter fraud. State Representative John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, brought the bill to the House floor. He believes the goals of the bill are simple.Opponents of the bill say that voter fraud is not a problem in Kansas. Topeka Democrat, Representative Ann Mah (“maw”), opposed the bill. She believes the requirement to show a...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Dozens of union members gathered at the Statehouse today (THUR) to oppose a bill that would eliminate an option for them to make political donations. Under current law, union members can voluntarily have money taken out of their paychecks and donated to political action committees. The bill would bar that practice. Union members gathered in the chamber when the House voted on the bill.Supporters of the bill say union members can still make donations, they just won’t be automatically deducted from paychecks. Opponents of the bill say it limits free speech. Stan Chapman is a union member from...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Dozens of union members gathered at the Statehouse to oppose a bill that would eliminate an option for them to make political donations. Under current law, union members can voluntarily have money taken out of their paychecks and donated to political action committees. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the bill would bar that practice.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Was Dwight D Eisenhower one of the four most important presidents of the 20th century? That was the argument made last night (WED) at the University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics. KPR's Kaye McIntyre files this report:

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to bills that would place more restrictions on abortion in the state. The heated debate lasted nearly two hours yesterday (WED). KPR’s Stephen Koranda was there and has this report.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Kansas House today (WED) gave first-round approval to sweeping abortion legislation. One bill would require parental consent for a girl under 18 to get an abortion. Current law only requires parents be notified. In many cases, the bill would require the consent of both parents. Representative Geraldine Flaharty, a Wichita Democrat, opposed that provision. She says getting the consent of both parents might be impossible in an abusive household.The legislation would also require doctors to give a specific medical reason for a late-term abortion. House members also passed legislation that...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Kansas House has given first round approval to two, anti-abortion bills. One measure would require parental CONSENT for someone under the age of 18 to get an abortion. Current law only requires parental notification. The legislation would also require doctors to give a specific medical reason for providing a late-term abortion. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, is one of the bill’s sponsors.That legislation includes provisions passed in recent years, but vetoed by Democratic governors. House members also advanced legislation that would ban all abortions after the 22nd week of...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Currently, union members in Kansas can voluntarily have part of their paychecks deducted and automatically donated to political action committees. Today (WED), the Kansas House advanced a bill that would end that practice. Opponents of the bill say this change is a form of retribution against unions that is being carried out by Republicans and business leaders. Judith Loganbill, a Wichita Democrat, opposed the legislation on the House floor.Supporters say the bill protects union members who disagree with the political stances taken by their unions. Those supporters also argue that union...

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