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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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January 26, 2018  •  

Governor of Kansas Resigns

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback resigned yesterday after the U.S. Senate confirmed him to be the ambassador at-large for international religious freedom. The vote was 49-49 along party lines, with two senators absent, and Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie […]

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The Kansas Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session on June 10, 2017. The session went 13 days beyond the scheduled 100 days, but lawmakers finally approved a two-year budget. Lead by a group of moderate Republicans and Democrats, a $1.2 […]

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Carol Williams, executive director of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, announced her retirement from the commission. She will step down from her post in September, staying on to assist with primary elections for school boards and first class cities. Williams […]

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Before it begins, Kansas lawmakers are planning for an extended regular legislative session in 2017. Usually set at 90 days, additional money has been earmarked for a 100-day session. Continuing school finance issues and an expected revenue shortfall have been […]

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The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has issued guidance relating to gifts to public officials following the tragic death of a state lawmaker’s son. State Rep. Scott Schwab’s son, Caleb, died Sunday from injuries sustained while on a waterslide at a […]

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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, over a temporary regulation tossing votes from individuals who registered at a state motor vehicle office. The ACLU claims the regulation violates both Kansas law and […]

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The Legislature’s special session has come to an end after lawmakers reached an agreement on school finance. After meeting for only two days, the House and Senate approved a compromise on Friday, June 24, to prevent the state’s public schools […]

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Gov. Sam Brownback has set the date for the Legislature to return for a special session. Lawmakers will return on June 23, 2016, giving them one week to pass new school funding legislation. The state Supreme Court deemed the current […]

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