TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of both parties in the Kansas Legislature agree that they need to develop a plan for raising the pay of their full-time employees and part-time staff.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Democrat is trying to force the chamber to debate Medicaid expansion.
Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka notified the Senate on Friday that...
United GOP in Kansas Senate blocks Kelly school funding plan
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Unified Republicans blocked an attempt Tuesday by the Kansas Senate's top Democrat to speed up work on education funding issues and advance Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan...
Kansas Senate’s Democratic leader names new chief of staff
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Democrat has named the former manager of a congressional campaign as his new chief of staff.
Senate Minority Leader and Topeka Democrat Anthony Hensley announced Thursday that Kerry Gooch will serve as his top aide. Gooch replaces Will Lawrence, who became Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's chief of staff.
Kansas governor-elect names legislative aide as staff chief
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly has named a Democratic legislative leader's top aide as her chief of staff.
The incoming Democratic governor announced Will Lawrence's appointment Thursday and said he has a "sharp understanding of the legislative process."
Lawrence had been chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka since 2016 after serving as Hensley's staff attorney. He also was in a law firm with former Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis.
Texts to voters purportedly from Trump roil Kansas election
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials are reviewing text messages claiming to be from President Donald Trump and telling residents that their early votes hadn't been recorded, as Democratic leaders were quick Thursday to worry that they were part of efforts to "steal" a close governor's race.
Democrats challenge independent bid for Kansas governor
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats launched a legal challenge Monday in hopes of removing Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman from the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor after Orman stoked fears that his bid would imperil Democrats' chances of winning.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The longest serving legislator in Kansas history has retired from his career outside politics as a public school teacher after 43 years.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley's last day in a classroom was Thursday when schools in his hometown of Topeka let out for the summer.
He taught social studies at Highland Park High School for the past seven years but spent most of his career at a school for students with behavior disorders.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new fiscal forecast for Kansas' government Friday boosted projected tax collections enough for some officials to declare that the state can afford extra spending on public schools lawmakers have approved, while a top Republican called for tax cuts.
Gov. Colyer signs executive branch transparency measure
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed a bill that will require people who are trying to influence his office and judicial branches to register as lobbyists.
The measure Colyer signed Monday also requires people trying to promote contracts or influence actions to disclose some spending.
Previous Kansas laws required lobbyists to report some spending when they seek to influence legislators or work for or against an administrative rule.
Kansas lawmaker says no progress made on school finance
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley has chastised his colleagues for failing to make progress on a school finance plan.
He urged them Tuesday to come to grips with reality.
Kansas Senate passes tougher lobbying law, higher gift limit
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a bipartisan bill for strengthening lobbying laws that also would allow state officials to take more expensive gifts from people seeking to influence them.
The measure approved unanimously Wednesday would require people trying to promote contracts or influence actions by executive branch agencies to register as lobbyists and disclose some spending.
Kansas proposal to tighten lobbying law allows bigger gifts
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bipartisan proposal for strengthening Kansas lobbying laws that advanced Tuesday in the Legislature also would allow state officials to accept more expensive freebies from people trying to influence them.
Kanas lawmaker seeks review of ex-commerce secretary’s work
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic state senator is asking the Kansas Legislature's audit division to evaluate whether a former commerce secretary followed state law and procedure in awarding agency consulting contracts and when charging business expenses.
Old letter on apartheid resurfaces amid scrutiny of Kobach
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A decades-old letter Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach wrote denouncing apartheid in South Africa but arguing against U.S. companies pulling out has resurfaced as he runs for governor and helps lead a presidential commission on election fraud.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita lawmaker is brushing aside criticism after he tweeted that about two dozen guns were on the House floor during a debate over concealed weapons.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2rAjGQB ) reports that Republican Rep. John Whitmer sent the tweet in response to Republican Rep. Stephanie Clayton. The outspoken opponent of campus carry had tweeted that she was "so scared" because lawmakers were about to take up a gun measure.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature's top Democrats are proposing that the state phase in a $600 million increase in spending on public schools over three years.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Minority Leader Jim Ward of Wichita made their proposal public Wednesday. They also sent a letter to GOP leaders Tuesday.
An attempt to locate someone wanted on an active warrant led to the arrest of four people on drug-related charges earlier this week. Madison Police went to a home in the 800 block of West Second Street while looking for someone wanted on a warrant. Detective Kurtis Wallace and Patrolman Shawn Scudder approached the front door to the residence, and Wallace noticed a man inside the home was smoking a substance through a glass pipe that he believed to be methamphetamine. Officers had previous...
Kansas Senate confirms 3 Brownback appointments to Cabinet
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has confirmed Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's appointments of three Cabinet secretaries.
The votes Tuesday evening mean Richard Carlson can continue serving as transportation secretary; Tim Keck, as secretary for aging and disability services, and Joseph Norwood as corrections secretary.
Each began serving last year as top administrator of their departments and replaced secretaries who had resigned or retired.
Federal bureau to review Kansas Guard at adjutant’s request
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The federal National Guard Bureau plans to investigate the Kansas National Guard at the request of the state's adjutant general after an internal investigation found leadership problems.
The Kansas Guard on Friday released a memo from Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli requesting the review. The Guard also said it would not comment further until the review is completed.
Kansas panel endorses Brownback transportation leader pick
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state Senate panel has approved Gov. Sam Brownback's pick as leader of the Kansas Department of Transportation.
The Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee voted to send Richard Carlson's nomination for the position to the full Senate, the Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2h12lbb ) reported.
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley was the only person on the committee to dissent, citing Carlson's role in passing a 2012 tax bill.
Kansas plane getting paint job, electronics upgrade
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas budget woes haven't touched the state's executive aircraft, which is getting a new paint job, a spruced up interior and upgraded avionics this year.
Along with regular operating costs, the improvements will cost taxpayers nearly $900,000, according to interviews and other documents obtained through an open records request by The Associated Press.
The Latest: Top Kansas Democrat sees chances for ousters
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas primary (all times local):
The Kansas Senate's top Democrat says results in Republican primary races have bolstered his belief that Democrats can defeat GOP incumbents in November.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said there are multiple general election races in which Democratic challengers should be competitive against Republican senators.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Kansas lawmaker is questioning an arrangement that has seen a state agency's interim leader in the position for more than six months.
The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/29Q84lr ) reports that Tim Keck has served as interim secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability since Jan. 1.
Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley says a state law appears to prohibit acting...