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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 @ 5:11PM

House Republicans Oppose Transfer of Terrorist Detainees to Fort Leavenworth

TOPEKA—Eighty-two Kansas House Republicans on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter regarding the potential transfer of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. The text of the letter and the list of signers follows:       The Honorable Ashton…

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Monday, August 24th, 2015 @ 4:21PM

SFC allocates $6 million in Extraordinary Needs Funding

TOPEKA—The State Finance Council on Monday approved $6 million from the Extraordinary Needs Fund to school districts that have recently seen declining property valuations or increased enrollment. The council approved $2 million from the Extraordinary Needs Fund for 13 districts that have increases in new students. Meanwhile, 22 districts with declining…

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Friday, June 26th, 2015 @ 6:09PM

Leadership statements on district court ruling on Gannon

TOPEKA—Kansas House leadership released the following statements Friday after a ruling on the Gannon  case from Shawnee County District Court.   House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) “Judging by the timing and unrealistic direction contained in the opinion, this ruling is simply 87 pages of judicial activism. Despite the questionable logic…

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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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Thursday, March 5th, 2015 @ 4:54PM

GOP leaders unveil new plan to put more money into classrooms

TOPEKA– Republican legislative leaders on Thursday unveiled a solution to the broken school finance system that has diverted money away from classrooms and tied the hands of school administrators statewide for 23 years. The solution utilizes block grants for two years, installing unrivaled local control and empowering school districts to…

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