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The Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kansas. (c) 2018 Tony Webster

The Kansas Legislature adjourned its special veto session just after 2 a.m. on April 29. During the recently concluded veto session, the Legislature passed the omnibus spending bill to fund public schools and special education. Typically, upon veto adjournment, the […]

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The Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kansas. (c) 2018 Tony Webster

The Kansas Legislature adjourned its regular session sine die in the early hours of Saturday, April 2. During the session, several bills related to campaign finance were introduced but not passed. House Bill 2707, related to political advertising, sought to […]

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will reconvene the Kansas Legislature for a special session on November 22 to address vaccine mandates. The special session will aim to take up proposals to make it easier for workers to claim religious exemptions to […]

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The Kansas Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2021 legislative session on May 26. During the session, lawmakers in Kansas passed proposals to ban COVID-19 vaccine passports, limit efforts to track down the close contacts of people with the coronavirus […]

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Wichita City Council members will no longer be left to police themselves on ethics violations after passing a long-awaited and much-debated policy on May 11. The ethics policy sets gift limits for elected and appointed city officials for the first […]

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Wichita City Council introduced an ethics proposal to establish gift restrictions for elected and appointed city officials. Proposal 2021-01-26 would cap the value of gifts Wichita’s mayor and City Council members may receive from people doing or planning to do […]

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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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