Civil Rights

GOP senators reject attempt to place Kansas abortion amendment on November ballots

BY: - January 19, 2021

TOPEKA — Republican legislators on the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected Tuesday a proposal to move the constitutional amendment on abortion to an earlier election than currently planned. Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha, proposed moving the abortion amendment forward from the August 2022 primary to the November general election. Pyle expressed a sense of urgency in getting […]

Republican legislator calls for ban on surveillance of private property by wildlife department

BY: - January 19, 2021

TOPEKA — A Republican member of the Kansas House is pushing to strip the right of certain government agencies to surveil private property without the landowner’s consent. The bill, proposed by Rep. Ken Corbet, R-Topeka, would make it illegal for any employee of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism or a county weed […]

Gianfranco Pezzino, the former Shawnee County health officer, says United States needs to implement a national strategy for vaccinating people for COVID-19 because a decentralized process will lead to missed opportunities to help people. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

One Kansas doctor’s call: COVID-19 carnage demands national vaccination strategy

BY: - January 18, 2021

The former Kansas county health officer who resigned in protest says the U.S. needs a national vaccination strategy to tackle COVID-19.


Here are practical ways Kansans can support Black Lives Matter and help police, too

BY: - January 18, 2021

If you are a Kansan celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday, there’s something you can do this year besides tweet a quote or reread “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” It does involve some reading. And the writing is less inspiring on the surface than anything King wrote. But it’s a set of practical suggestions […]

After a ‘free and fair’ election in Kansas, lawmakers propose some changes to voting laws

BY: - January 16, 2021

TOPEKA — Two months out from a record-breaking general election, Secretary of State Scott Schwab expressed confidence Kansas had a free and fair election due to strong policies already in place. Schwab credited state lawmakers with enacting legislation allowing so many methods to easily cast a ballot — advance by-mail, early in-person or on Election […]

Proponents and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution declaring women don't have a right to abortion testified Friday for legislative committees preparing to forward measures to the full House and Senate to see if two-thirds majorities exist to put it on statewide ballots in 2022. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Abortion amendment to Kansas Constitution spotlights rivals’ well-hewn arguments

BY: and - January 15, 2021

House and Senate committees convened in the Old Supreme Court room at the Capitol for testimony on an abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution.

Wichita Democratic Rep. Gail Finney, right, urged a House committee to endorse legislation creating a youth and parent foster care bill of rights in state law to guarantee participants in the system understand their rights. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas bill advocates more reporting on racial elements of Black maternal deaths

BY: - January 13, 2021

House and Senate legislators seek state law requiring tracking of maternal fatalities to guide public health response.

Senate President Ty Masterson and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau chat Monday at the Capitol on the first day of the 2021 session — when 165 elected officials from all over the state converged for a scheduled 90-day session despite a deadly pandemic. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

One Kansan’s death helps place politics of masks at Capitol into perspective

BY: - January 12, 2021

Death of Kansas Sen. Oletha Faust-Gadeau's brother to COVID-19 offers insight into debate about lack of a mask mandate in the House and Senate chambers.

Kansas man who ran for Topeka City Council appears in video of fatal shooting at U.S. Capitol

BY: - January 11, 2021

TOPEKA — A former candidate for the Topeka City Council who can be seen in a video that shows the fatal shooting inside the U.S. Capitol says he has notified the FBI of his involvement in the breach. Will Pope also says he didn’t damage any property and that he entered the building with rioting […]

Scorned Kansas Rep.-elect Coleman answers demands for his resignation or ouster

BY: - January 11, 2021

Rep.-elect Aaron Coleman of Kansas City, Kansas, says any effort to expel him from the Kansas House is an attack on the will of voters.

The Kansas Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals without outlining boundaries of the Kansas Open Records Act as it pertained to audio records of district court proceedings. (Kansas Supreme Court/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Supreme Court reverses lower court, upholds state’s worker compensation law

BY: - January 8, 2021

Kansas Supreme Court unanimously reverses lower court to affirm constitutionality of state law guiding worker compensation decisions.

Kansas legislators set to re-initiate battle over anti-abortion constitutional amendment

BY: - January 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Proponents of an anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution are prepared to resume efforts to pass the legislation after suffering a setback during the 2020 legislative session. The “We Value Them Both” amendment — a reference to women and fetuses — fell four votes short of the two-thirds majority needed in the House […]