GOP senators reject attempt to place Kansas abortion amendment on November ballots
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
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 […]
One Kansas doctor’s call: COVID-19 carnage demands national vaccination strategy
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
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
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 […]
Abortion amendment to Kansas Constitution spotlights rivals’ well-hewn arguments
House and Senate committees convened in the Old Supreme Court room at the Capitol for testimony on an abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution.
Kansas bill advocates more reporting on racial elements of Black maternal deaths
House and Senate legislators seek state law requiring tracking of maternal fatalities to guide public health response.
One Kansan’s death helps place politics of masks at Capitol into perspective
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
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
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.
Kansas Supreme Court reverses lower court, upholds state’s worker compensation law
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
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 […]