Kansas Legislature News

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Bill would more than double Kansas' minimum wage in next 2 years
15 Jan 2019 at 7:34pm

The minimum wage in Kansas could more than double in the next two years if a new bill passes in the legislature and receives the governor's signature. The new bill, introduced this week, calls for the state's minimum wage to increase to $11 per hour in 2020 and up to $15 per hour in 2021. Currently, Kansas' minimum wage sits at $7.25 per hour.

Kansas governor expands ban on anti-LGBT bias to contractors
15 Jan 2019 at 7:32pm

Kansas' new Democratic governor on Tuesday reinstated a ban on anti-LGBT bias in state agencies' employment decisions that a Republican predecessor had repealed, and she also expanded the policy to cover government contractors. Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order was her first official action since taking office Monday and fulfilled a promise she made repeatedly during her successful campaign last year. It bars state agencies from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity when hiring workers or deciding whether to promote, discipline or fire them.

Kansans with Causes: Rally at Capitol kicks off legislative session
15 Jan 2019 at 7:30pm

Hundreds of people from across the state gathered in the Capitol on the first full day of the 2019 Kansas legislative session to make sure their voices are being heard. Speaker after speaker came up to the podium at Tuesday’s third annual “People’s State of the State” rally to talk about issues they believe are important to Kansas.

Kansas lawmakers to begin 2019 session, as Laura Kelly becomes governor
13 Jan 2019 at 7:28pm

Kansas legislators are preparing to open their annual session as new Democratic Governor Laura Kelly launches her new administration. Kelly takes office and lawmakers convene Monday. Lawmakers expect big debates over the next four months on boosting aid to public schools and expanding the state’s Medicaid health coverage for the needy. Those are top Kelly priorities.

Incoming Kansas governor Laura Kelly’s three appointments complete Cabinet
11 Jan 2019 at 6:58pm

Gov.-elect Laura Kelly completed high-level administrative appointments Friday with selection of Cabinet secretaries to manage the departments of labor, revenue and parks. Kelly, the Topeka state senator elected governor in November, will be sworn into office Monday. She will deliver an inaugural address, and the 2019 Legislature, including the newly elected Kansas House, will convene at the Capitol. “I’m pleased to have such a strong group of leaders by my side as my term begins,” Kelly said. “Next week, my team will officially begin our work to rebuild our state on behalf of Kansans.” ....

Kansas lawmakers eager to improve oversight of abused, neglected children
11 Jan 2019 at 6:56pm

A bipartisan sense of dread followed disclosure that the Kansas Department for Children and Families lost track of dozens of foster care children and allowed contractors to let kids sleep in office buildings. It escalated to horror when abused or neglected children within the state’s grasp ended up dead. Gov.-elect Laura Kelly and Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature intend to make reform at DCF a front-burner priority when the session begins Monday...

Kansas Broadband Task Force's First Meeting Comes Late
10 Jan 2019 at 6:53pm

The broadband task force created by a Kansas bill that took effect May 3, 2018, will meet for the first time Friday, Jan. 11, in the Statehouse in Topeka. The task force faces a looming deadline. By law, it is required to submit to the Legislature "prior to Jan. 15, 2019," its initial report on its work and progress. Even before the task force conducts its first meeting, its leadership is on the brink of change ...

School funding issue looming over upcoming 2019 legislative session
9 Jan 2019 at 6:43pm

Advocates for schools hope lawmakers keep the school funding formula and fix what’s needed, instead of the full reworking some legislative leaders propose. The debate will be at the heart of the 2019 session that begins next week. Kansas House leadership has said reworking the formula may be a possibility to meet the requirements of the Kansas Supreme Court. The Court ruled the formula is sound, except for a part to cover future years and inflation.

.Kansas GOP Legislature, Democratic governor ready to rumble on K-12 school aid
8 Jan 2019 at 6:04pm

Gov.-elect Laura Kelly and the revamped Kansas Legislature are preparing for another colorful rendition of school house rock. When the session begins next Monday, a Democratic governor and the Republican-controlled House and Senate will answer the Kansas Supreme Court’s call for an inflation adjustment to state aid to K-12 schools. It could cost the state a whopping $90 million in each of the next four years. In 2023 and beyond, spending increases would be pegged to a consumer price index.

Toll-free legislative hotline available to Kansas residents
4 Jan 2019 at 3:01pm

Up-to-the-minute information on the 2019 Kansas Legislature is only a phone call or chat away. Kansas residents can access information about the Kansas Legislature, bill status, the legislative process, and more by calling 1-800-432-3924 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions are answered by experienced reference/research librarians at the State Library of Kansas and are kept confidential.