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8 Apr 2019 at 12:07pm
A legislative fight over expanding Medicaid in Kansas is delaying approval of the state’s next annual budget as expansion supporters try to keep Republican opponents from blocking it for another year. Some top GOP lawmakers are conceding that an expansion plan could pass because expansion is a priority for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and has bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled Legislature. However, opponents hope for time this summer and fallto develop a smaller program than Kelly wants with restrictions she opposes, such as a work requirement for participants.
7 Apr 2019 at 12:05pm
Republican lawmakers in Kansas pressed ahead with allowing the state Farm Bureau to offer health coverage to members that doesn’t satisfy the Affordable Care Act, a state-level effort to circumvent an Obama-era law that President Donald Trump wants to replace. The Kansas House approved an insurance bill on an 84-39 vote that includes provisions to exempt health coverage offered by the Farm Bureau from state insurance regulation, anticipating that the nonprofit group could offer lower-cost products to thousands of individuals and families.
6 Apr 2019 at 3:07pm
Things got a little chippy during the final week of the regular legislative session, but Kansas lawmakers came away with a school funding plan and a permanent commerce secretary. On Statehouse Blend Kansas, Sec. David Toland talks with host Jim McLean about moving on to reinvigorating the state's economic development efforts.
5 Apr 2019 at 3:04pm
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a Republican tax relief bill will stand because GOP lawmakers did not attempt to override it. The Republican-controlled Legislature adjourned Friday for its annual spring break without an override attempt. The deadline for trying to override will pass before lawmakers reconvene May 1.
4 Apr 2019 at 3:02pm
The Kansas House has approved Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan for increasing public school funding in hopes of satisfying a court mandate. The vote Thursday in the GOP-controlled chamber was 76-47. The Senate was expected to vote on the measure later Thursday, and its approval would send it to Kelly. The bill ties Kelly’s proposal to increase spending on public schools by roughly $90 million to several education policy changes favored by GOP lawmakers.
3 Apr 2019 at 3:01pm
As Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly urges lawmakers to expand Medicaid, the state Senate’s top Republican is opening the door to a health care bill that would include provisions favored by conservatives, such as work requirements. But Senate President Susan Wagle wants the Legislature to study expansion later this year and take up a bill in 2020. She made clear Tuesday that — as far as she’s concerned — a Medicaid expansion bill that passed the House last month won’t survive the Senate.
2 Apr 2019 at 2:59pm
This week will be a busy one as members of the Kansas House and Senate debate bills, said two area representatives Saturday at a legislative forum sponsored by the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce at the Civic Center. Key legislation, including the budget and spending on education, have yet to be decided.
29 Mar 2019 at 2:58pm
The clock is ticking for Kansas lawmakers to figure out a school funding solution. Briefs making the case for a plan are due to the state Supreme Court April 15. With only one week of the regular legislative session to go, there’s still significant division over how to satisfy the court that funding is adequate and end the nearly decade-old Gannon lawsuit.
27 Mar 2019 at 2:49pm
Just two short years ago, the State of Kansas found itself on the brink of financial disaster. Even after depleting state savings and enduring multiple rounds of devastating budget cuts, unsustainable tax policy continued to perpetuate fiscal crisis. We saw schools close and class sizes grow. We saw an overwhelmed child welfare system let children fall through the cracks. And despite promises of immediate prosperity, Kansas routinely ranked among the nation’s worst in multiple economic indicators ...
26 Mar 2019 at 2:47pm
Education, it's a topic that has been hovering over this legislative session. Now it's finally being debated. Lawmakers went back and forth on an education policy bill that includes a variety of topics like bullying, dyslexia, and graduation requirements.