Archive for Friday, April 20, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Massacre in background of Kansas concealed carry fight

April 20, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(KC Star) Virginia massacre will factor in veto override: Expect the gunshots from Virginia Tech to echo in the halls of the Kansas Statehouse next week. Lawmakers are expected to attempt to override Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a bill that would block cities from passing local ordinances that restrict concealed weapons.

(LJW) Lawmaker wants pay tied to poverty level: With six children and a one-person business, state Rep. Ty Masterson said he is taking a financial hit by serving in the Legislature.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Sebelius signs tax cuts; JoCo research triangle: Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed into law Thursday a sweeping package of income, property, sales and franchise tax reductions adopted by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Sebelius also approved a bill authorizing creation of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle. The partnership involving The University of Kansas and Kansas State University would be initiated if Johnson County voters approve a property tax hike to support bioscience research and education.

(AP) Commission considers Cat Tracker incident: The Kansas Corporation Commission wants to prevent another fatal accident like the one that happened in Lawrence last November before the Kansas-Kansas State football game.

(LJW) Senate offers crumbling classroom plan: Senate budget writers Thursday agreed to plan to provide $525 million over five years for hundreds of repair projects at state universities.

(Wichita Eagle) Wichita officials oppose House tax plan to fix schools: One of the latest plans in Topeka to fix buildings at state universities could end up raising sales taxes in Sedgwick County -- and every other county that is home to a state university.

(Harris News Service) National Guard facility OK'd: Legislative budget writers moved forward Thursday to fund development of a hub near Salina to train state and local emergency responders and the Kansas National Guard.

(LJW) Former governors tout benefits of education: If state leaders want to boost economic development, they should invest in education. That was the message that three former governors gave Thursday evening at the Dole Institute of Politics Governors' Roundtable.

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