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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 @ 5:23PM

Representatives respond to Westar production consolidation

TOPEKA—House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) and House Energy & Environment Chair Rep. Dennis Hedke (R-Wichita) issued the following statements after Westar Energy announced it will shut down portions of power plants in Lawrence, Tecumseh and Hutchinson later this year. House Speaker Ray Merrick “The Obama administration has placed Westar in…

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Friday, June 5th, 2015 @ 9:08AM

Representatives ask Senate to prevent state government furloughs

TOPEKA–House leaders and House Republican legislators on Friday implored the Kansas Senate to pass the conference committee report on the state budget without delay to prevent state government furloughs. The House passed the budget on Wednesday. Without Senate approval and a signature from Governor Brownback, non-essential state government workers in…

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 @ 7:18PM

House approves two-year budget

TOPEKA—The Kansas House on Wednesday approved a two-year budget that will prevent the furlough of state employees and secure funding for Regents institutions, KPERS payments, social services caseloads, and public safety and corrections. The 64-48 vote on the conference committee report sends the budget to the Senate for consideration. The…

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 @ 8:48PM

Kansas House approves House, Joint Rules

TOPEKA—Kansas Representatives on Tuesday voted to approve House Rules and Joint Rules for the 2015-2016 legislative biennium. Both the House Rules and Joint Rules include provisions for pay-go. This means that during floor debate on a funding bill, new spending cannot be added unless there is a provision to remove…

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Friday, May 30th, 2014 @ 6:56PM

Rep. Pauls joins Republican Party

                TOPEKA–State Representative Janice Pauls of Hutchinson on Friday announced she is forgoing her Democratic Party affiliation in favor of becoming a Republican. Citing her own long held values and the recent shift of the Democrat Party to the far left on social…

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Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 @ 7:14AM

Legislature passes budget, adjourns 2014 session

TOPEKA—The Kansas House on Friday approved a supplemental spending package for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 and subsequently adjourned the 2014 legislative session 11 days early. The appropriations bill (S sub for HB 2231) that passed 70-54 and is now on its way to Governor Brownback contains supplemental funding and…

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