Statehouse briefing: Lawmakers battle over budget information
Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:
(Harris) Lawmakers discussing bringing spending data online: Detailed information about state spending would be just a Web search away under a proposal being explored by lawmakers this session. Yet ironing out the specifics about what information should be available - and how much detail it should go into - became a point of contention during a House committee meeting Wednesday.
(KTKA) Former governor working to get lab: John Carlin is on the board of directors for Governor Kathleen Sebelius' Kansas Biosecurity Authority. Carlin says his job is to make sure the state makes it to the top in a bid for a national bio-defense lab. "We're in the hunt; we can make this happen," the former governor said.
(AP) New funeral pickets bill tried: Legislators couldn't pass a bill last year to restrict picketing at funerals of U.S. troops killed in combat even though they all agreed it was an embarrassment to the state. But funeral picketing legislation is back this year with a twist supporters say will take care of concerns about the state losing a legal challenge by the Rev. Fred Phelps.
(LJW) Students seek legislative help with repair bill: College students arrived at the Statehouse on Wednesday to meet with legislators about the problem of needed repairs on their campuses. The students said their major goal was to seek help from the Legislature to address the problem of approximately $660 million in maintenance and repairs at regents universities.
(LJW) Committee members question St. Luke's agreement: Kansas University leaders Wednesday faced stern questioning from lawmakers about a proposed affiliation with Missouri-based St. Luke's Hospital.
(Topeka Capital-Journal) Cancer survivors urge vaccination: Trying to hold steady through emotional speeches, two women recounted their personal fights with cervical cancer and asked lawmakers Wednesday to require that girls receive a vaccination that could prevent the same ordeal.
(Kansas Health Institute News Service) Health reform process spelled out: A key Republican senator and the director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority agreed in principle today on a process to develop a comprehensive health care reform plan.
(KC Star) Republican drops election challenge: Three months after the November election, Republican John Dennis Kriegshauser on Wednesday dropped his challenge to the results that gave his opponent a two-vote victor