Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Alexa’s Law advances in Senate

March 29, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(AP) Alexa's law revived in Senate: A proposal allowing prosecutors to charge someone with murder or other crimes for harming a fetus has advanced in the Senate after abortion opponents who support it maneuvered around a committee that hadn't planned to vote on it.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Resolution aimed at Tiller appears dead: The legislative push for the attorney general to charge the state's most prominent abortion doctor appears dead, Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, said Wednesday.

(AP) Gambling expansion sent to governor: Casinos and slot machines at horse and dog tracks were approved by the Senate early Thursday morning, ending a day of filibustering that gave supporters time to corral enough votes to send the bill to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

(LJW) House GOP plan could raise local taxes for universities: Living in a county with a public university, such as Douglas County, could mean higher taxes under a plan proposed by House Republican leaders Wednesday.

(KTKA) Death benefits approved for soldiers killed in Iraq: A bill providing one-time death benefits to the families of Kansas National Guard soldiers killed in combat in Iraq won House approval Wednesday.

(Kansas Health Institute News Service) Premium assistance for low-income endorsed: The state would help buy health insurance for several thousand low-income parents under a bill endorsed Wednesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

(The Pitch) Legislators accused of improprieties: As a state senator, Jim Barone, a Democrat from Frontenac, has been accused of accosting women and using his power for his sons' gain. Barone denies any wrongdoing.

(Harris News Service) House leaders at odds over water bill: Southwest Kansas faces an "abrupt, ugly" halt to its economic viability within a few decades without new water conservation efforts, House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney said Wednesday.

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