Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Legislature considers ID for some abortions

March 7, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(KTKA) Legislators consider abortion requirements: Right now, Kansas law requires minors who are seeking abortions to be accompanied by someone 21 or older, not necessarily a parent or guardian. But the parent or legal guardian must be notified of the intent to perform the procedure. There are exceptions, such as when the minor petitions a court for, and is granted, a waiver of this notification requirement. Now lawmakers are considering a bill to require the minor and the person who goes with them to get the abortion to show ID.

(AP) Lawmakers pursue immigration legislation: Hispanics are Kansas' fastest-growing ethnic group, but legislators continue to pursue immigration policies leading some of them to believe they're not really welcome.

(Kansas Health Institute News Service) Mercury monitoring bill recommended: State officials may soon have more information on how much mercury falls from the sky and into the state's rivers and streams.

(LJW) Cloning restrictions may be dead: Two measures sought by some conservatives to restrict cloning research may be dead for the 2007 legislative session.

(LJW) House gets hospital sale measure: A proposal to sell Kansas University Hospital that emerged last week in the Senate got a foothold in the House on Tuesday.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) House GOP leaders thwarted in rollback of benefits: House Republicans failed Tuesday to reverse a previous decision to repeal the state's one-week waiting period for Kansans applying for unemployment benefits. The attempted flip-flop by the GOP leadership was defeated 67-56, with all 48 Democrats voting against any action threatening bipartisan support for a two-year, $155 million rollback in state unemployment taxes paid by businesses.

(Harris News Service) Compliance measure watered down: A scaled-back proposal designed to increase government compliance with the state's sunshine laws will be up for debate Tuesday in the state Senate. The substitute bill under consideration wouldn't require public officials to receive training on the state's sunshine laws. Instead, government officers will simply be mandated to obtain information about the state's open records laws upon taking their oath of office.

(KC Star) Error increased potential tax burden: Rep. Jene Vickrey didn't believe a state report last week predicting large property tax increases for other taxpayers if home values for seniors were frozen. "This cannot be accurate," the Louisburg Republican said at the time. "There has to be a mistake somewhere." It turns out he was right.

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