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UPDATED: Roundup of major bills, votes from 2019 regular session

(Updated to reflect status of death penalty bill and Senate approval of conference committee report on tax incentive transparency legislation) With the regular session of...

Three banned from Capitol after unfurling banners condemning lawmakers

Well, if the goal was to get people talking, they succeeded. A group of grass-roots activists unfurled mammoth-sized banners inside the Capitol rotunda Wednesday denouncing...

UPDATED: Senate approves agreement settling dispute pitting wireless technology against local...

Wireless providers and cities reached an agreement on legislation Tuesday that ends their dispute over franchise agreements that the telecoms said would hinder their...

Second lawmaker asks for name to be withdrawn from ‘parody marriage’...

A second Kansas lawmaker on Saturday said he wants to withdraw his name from a bill labeling same-sex marriage as a "parody" and five...

UPDATED: KC Star editorial page editor calls Rose tactics ‘iffy,’ ‘misleading’...

(Updated to reflect comments from Rose, including whether he took notes during the purported interview ) The Kansas City Star's editorial page editor acknowledged she...

Lewis leaving House after brain tumor diagnosis

Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Republican state Rep. Greg Lewis announced Monday morning he would leave the House because he can no longer serve...

Gilliland retiring as legislative research director

Raney Gilliland is retiring next month as the director of Legislative Research after working 40 years for the department. Gilliland recently notified leading lawmakers of...

House committee approves $310,000 for the arts

Funding for the arts gained momentum in the Legislature on Thursday when a House committee agreed to put more into the Kansas Creative Arts...

Cities battle back against telecoms, say they’re not impeding new technology

The three biggest cities in Kansas battled back against telecommunications companies Thursday, saying that franchise agreements do not slow down deployment of better and...

Telecoms say city franchise agreements impede innovation, seek legislative relief

Telecommunication giants are asking Kansas lawmakers to bar cities from forcing them to sign wireless franchise agreements, a move the companies say will allow...