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Kansas News Service Monday, June 3rd, 2019

In this year's final installment of Statehouse Blend Kansas, Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service spoke with the majority leader of the Kansas Senate.

State Emergency Management Director, Major General Lee Tafanelli and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly speak to reporters after taking an aerial tour of Tuesday's tornado damage in northeast Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Friday, May 31st, 2019

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Major General Lee Tafanelli took an aerial tour of northeast Kansas to survey damage from Tuesday's tornado. Afterwards, they spoke with reporters. KPR was there and provides these highlights from their news conference.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Kansas Republican legislators reversed actions by the Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldn't save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed Wednesday by a loud protest in favor of expanding Medicaid.  The GOP-controlled Legislature overrode Democratic Governor Laura Kelly's vetoes of several items in the next state budget.  And the governor's inability to win passage of a plan to expand the state's Medicaid health coverage was her biggest setback since taking office.  

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Monday, May 27th, 2019

Lawmakers are set to convene Wednesday to conclude any final business and adjourn for the year. It will be Republicans' last chance to enact a tax relief bill several budget items that were vetoed by Governor Laura Kelly. 

File photo by Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service
Stephen Koranda Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Regents want universities to rethink their tuition proposals.

Photo by Stephen Koranda
Stephen Koranda Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Senators want a state panel to investigate a judge who sent partisan tweets.

Senate President Susan Wagle, center, talks with Sens. Jeff Longbine, left, and Ed Berger before the chamber rejected Gov. Laura Kelly's nominee for an appellate court. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Senators rejected the nomination and will ask a state panel to review the judge's actions.

 Republican lawmakers met several times during the last hours of the legislative session to negotiate among themselves about Medicaid expansion. Their deal appears to have dissolved.  (Photo by Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, May 13th, 2019

Lawmakers thought they had a deal on Medicaid expansion for next session, but that deal appears to be unraveling. 

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.  


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