Archive for Thursday, March 1, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Obscenity bill sidetracked

March 1, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(KC Star) Obscenity bill falters: Lawmakers on Wednesday sidestepped a vote on a bill that would penalize teachers who use class material deemed obscene. Instead, the Kansas House opted to send the measure back to a committee for further study - a procedural move that often serves as a death knell for legislation.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Gambling debate begins: A gambling bill headed for introduction today in the House allows construction of at least two nontribal casinos and forbids placement of slot machines at the state's dog and horse racing tracks.

(Kansas Health Institute News Service)12 percent of Kansas households have hunger problems: A new report submitted to the governor's office offers 22 recommendations for easing hunger and food insecurity, a problem that besets 12 percent of Kansans.

(KC Star) Tax break for seniors would shift burden: Limiting tax appraisals on homes of people age 65 or older, a popular idea in the Legislature this year, is supposed to ease the tax burden on seniors. But it could result in large property tax increases for others.

(Harris News Service) Tax break offered for nuke: Senators heard testimony Wednesday on a House bill offering a 10-year property tax break for a second nuclear power plant should one ever be built next to the Wolf Creek power station.

(LJW) Proposal would sell KU Hospital: A state legislator wants to sell Kansas University Hospital and use the proceeds to pay for repairs at regents universities and boost the state pension system.

(LJW) Capitol renovation costs escalate: Lawmakers were told Wednesday that the project originally tabbed at about $130 million is now estimated to cost at least $173 million, and that doesn't include renovation of one wing of the building, which hasn't been estimated yet.

(LJW) Tougher gun penalties urged: A measure that would add years to prison sentences if the offender had a gun was pushed hard Wednesday by law enforcement.

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