Archive for Monday, February 12, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Officials try to avoid repeat of fiscal crisis

February 12, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(Harris News Service) Lawmakers search for tax balance: One thing state lawmakers say they don't want to do this session is party like it's 1998 all over again. Four years after that year's record revenues, spikes in spending and a massive round of tax cuts, the state found itself plunged into a fiscal crisis, something lawmakers said this week that they're keen to avoid this time around.

(KTKA) Sex debate continues: Talking about sex... it's considered taboo is some circles, especially when it involved teenagers. Kansas state board of Education members have debated whether to teach sex education or a more abstinence based curriculum in schools.

(LJW) Poll supports death penalty opponents: Most Kansans would support alternatives to the death penalty, according to a poll released Monday that was commissioned by a group seeking a ban on capital punishment.

(LJW Capitol Briefing) Doug Mays a lobbyist; domestic violence increasing; Kansas University Medical Center resolution ... This and more in the Capitol Briefing

(LJW) Measures would give tax breaks for films: Lights, camera, tax cut. After seeing movies set in Kansas go elsewhere to film, lawmakers will consider proposals aimed at getting Hollywood's attention.

(KC Star) Lawmakers again consider pickets bill: Last year, lawmakers balked at passing restrictions on funeral protests for fear of expensive lawsuits. This year, they've come up with a creative way around the problem: Get judicial approval before the law goes into effect.

(LJW) Franchise tax battle set: House Republicans and Democrats are expected to clash today over legislation to eliminate the state's franchise tax.

(KC Star) Limits sought on offender placement: In the national push to keep children safe from sex offenders, Kansas has been as aggressive as any state. Prison sentences are tougher. Sex offenders' registrations are posted on the Internet, their photos updated every year. And offenders' driver's licenses are stamped with a label. But when it comes to laws restricting where offenders live - a key part of other states' strategies - Kansas so far has said no

(Kansas Health Institute News Service) Officials seek help from D.C. on Medicaid: Kansas Health Policy officials and state legislators will be in Washington, D.C. this week to talk to the Kansas congressional delegation about problems caused by the new federal rule requiring Medicaid applicants to prove their citizenship.

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