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The Kansas Legislature adjourned its special session on June 5 after passing legislation to amend Gov. Laura Kelly’s emergency powers. House Bill 2054 provides oversight on the governor’s ability to distribute federal aid and close businesses for longer than 15 […]

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Kansas lawmakers are returning for a special legislative session June 3 after Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed COVID-19 legislation passed during the final day of session. Gov. Kelly called lawmakers back to create a new bill that redefines her emergency powers. […]

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Nearly five hours after the midnight deadline to adjourn, the Kansas legislature worked to approve legislation that would end the 2020 session on May 22. Lawmakers gathered on May 21 for a one-day close to the legislative session, but Republicans […]

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The House and Senate went into overdrive March 19 to complete deals on a new state budget and an updated 10-year highway program before vacating the Capitol until late April. Lawmakers agreed to set aside $50 million for unforeseen expenditures […]

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Rep. Brandon Whipple

After eight years, Kansas Rep. Brandon Whipple resigned from his House District 96 seat on January 13 to become mayor of Wichita, Kansas. Whipple defeated incumbent Jeff Longwell to become Wichita’s mayor on November 5, 2019. The Sedgwick County Democratic […]

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The Kansas Legislature adjourned sine die on May 29. Lawmakers adjourned earlier in the month to allow the governor time to appoint a candidate to the Kansas Court of Appeals. On Wednesday, the Senate approved Sarah Warner to fill the […]

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State Rep. Greg Lewis announced his resignation from House District 113, effective February 22. Rep. Lewis was re-elected to office last year, but is vacating his seat to battle brain cancer. Under state law, the state’s Republican party will convene […]

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September 27, 2018  •  

Kansas Senator Fitzgerald Resigns

State Senator Steve Fitzgerald resigned from the state Senate on Monday. A convention will be held by Republican precinct committeemen and committeewomen to select someone to fill the vacancy, and the person selected will be officially appointed by the governor. […]

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The filing deadline to run for the Kansas Senate seat in District 13 passed setting up unopposed elections for both the Democratic and Republican primaries on August 7. Incumbent state Sen. Richard Hilderbrand will run against the primary winners in […]

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The 2018 Kansas Legislature adjourned sine die. This legislative session was the first to go the full 90 days since 2011. Lawmakers passed multiple transparency laws this session by expanding the definition of lobbying to include all branches of the […]

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Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a transparency bill to increase penalties for failing to file timely reports. Effective July 1, House Bill 2642 imposes late fees for any report over 48 hours late for candidates, political committees, and lobbyists. Penalties start […]

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Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed Senate Bill 394 expanding the definition of lobbying to include executive and judicial branch procurement lobbying. Effective July 1, lobbying will include the promoting or opposing in any manner an action or nonaction by any […]

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The Kansas Legislature adjourned its legislative session on Sunday, April 8, 2018. During the late hours of the session, lawmakers approved an increase in spending for education in response to a court order. The bill has been publicly supported by […]

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Kansas lawmakers passed a bill expanding the definition of lobbying to increase transparency in government contracts. Senate Bill 394 requires lobbyist registration for attempting to influence members of the executive or judicial branch regarding any covered action, including contracts and […]

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