Statehouse briefing: Bill would change judge selection
Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:
(Topeka Capital-Journal) Measure would alter process of selecting chief district judges: The job title carries more prestige, but many district court chief judges say it also means more paperwork and administrative responsibilities, in addition to a full docket. Some relief may be on the way. A bill being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee would change the way district court chief judges in Kansas are selected.
(LJW) Gambling supporters hitching ride on Lottery: It's that time of the year again, when supporters of expanded gambling in Kansas are at the Statehouse trying to drum up support for casinos and slot machine This year there's a new wrinkle. Lawmakers must approve the continuation of the 20-year-old lottery, and failing to do that would be slaughtering a prized cash cow.
(KC Star) Lawmakers considering insurance measures: Kansas and Missouri legislators are considering bills to toughen insurance regulation, improve consumer protection and correct problems highlighted in The Kansas City Star's examination of the industry.
(LJW) State energy savings planned: By requiring everything from using smaller cars to embedding energy conservation into new college buildings, an executive directive by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will change the way state government operates, officials say.
(Wichita Eagle) Scrap metal thieves prompt new proposal: A recent spike in the theft of scrap metal has prompted Wichita police and some local businesses to join utility companies in asking the Kansas Legislature for tighter regulation on the sale of scrap metal.
Capitol Briefing (LJW) Kansas University student government leaders will push for passage of several bills during the 2007 legislative session, including a proposal to give tenants more protection that has been the subject of tough hearings before in the Legislature. This and more in the weekly Capitol Briefing.
(KC Star) Park No. 24 gets a name: After years of legislative neglect, Kansas' state parks are getting some attention. And after years of argument, one of them is finally getting a name. State Park 24 in Shawnee County has been without a name for years. Lawmakers from Shawnee County bickered over various names. There was Menninger Park. And Oregon Trail Kaw River Park. In the meantime, plans to develop and open the park were put on hold. Now, lawmakers seem to have found a name that everybody likes: Kaw River State Park.