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Republican Kansas state Senator Mark Steffen during a committee hearing on a plan to allow doctors to prescribe unproven COVID-19 treatments. (Photo by Sherman Smith, Kansas Reflector)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

A Kansas Senate committee quickly advanced a plan to protect doctors who prescribe unproven COVID treatments and let parents claim religious exemptions to school vaccine requirements.  

A file photo of the Kansas Senate chamber. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

The Kansas House will now take up the issue of whether to override the Governor's veto. An override in that chamber would put the controversial redistricting plan into state law.  

Laura Kelly speaking during her campaign for governor. (Kansas News Service file photo)
Kansas News Service Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

The governor's veto of the map redrawing the state's congressional districts sets up Republicans for a likely override attempt in the Statehouse.  

Governor Laura Kelly is lobbying lawmakers to approve record-size tax breaks and incentives to lure a $4 billion manufacturing plant. (Photo: Stephen Koranda / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

The enhanced subsidies would go to a company promising to spend $4 billion on a facility that would employ as many as 4,000 Kansans. Non-disclosure agreements signed by state officials prohibit them from divulging the name of the company or the possible location of the plant.

More than a dozen Kansas districts have closed individual schools or shut down completely during the recent surge in COVID-19 infections. (Photo by Suzanne Perez, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, January 27th, 2022

Last spring, Kansas lawmakers passed a new law restricting remote learning to no more than 40 hours per year for an individual student. The measure was a message to districts: Kids should be in school, in person.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that criminal sodomy laws targeting same sex relations were unconstitutional. Lawmakers' attempts to change the law In Kansas have failed. (Photo by Blaise Mesa, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, January 24th, 2022

A bill pending in the Kansas Legislature would remove language in the state’s criminal sodomy law that targets LGBTQ people. Advocates say action is decades past due.

Kansas Budget Director Adam Proffitt outlining the governor's spending plan in a meeting with lawmakers. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Kansas News Service Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has unveiled a budget that proposes cutting the food sales tax, freezing tuition and sending $250 payments to Kansas taxpayers.

Kansas State Capitol (Photo: Kansas News Service)
Jim McLean Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly delivered the annual state of the state speech Tuesday night, laying out her legislative priorities while making a case for her reelection later this year. The governor called on lawmakers to pass a number of proposals including cutting sales taxes on groceries, freezing public university tuition and eliminating partisan squabbling.

The rotunda of the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, Kansas (Photo by Julie Denesha, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

Governor Laura Kelly delivered a State of the State speech Tuesday that called for cutting sales taxes on groceries, freezing public university tuition and eliminating partisan squabbling.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly delivering her first state-of-the-state speech to a joint session of the Legislature in 2019. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, January 10th, 2022

Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly wants to use billions in surplus cash to cut taxes. But Republican leaders appear reluctant to go along in an election year.  

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