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State of Kansas Protests Proposed Child Labor Law Changes

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Gov. Sam Brownback and other Kansas officials say proposed rules from the federal government would limit youth farm work too much. Brownback and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor, protesting proposed changes in regulations for young farm laborers. The state‘s secretaries of agriculture, labor and commerce sent their own statement, asking ... Read More »

Governor Brownback Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff Friday

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff Friday in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nichols. Nichols was among 30 Americans killed on August 6th when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Funeral services will be held for the Army Helicopter Pilot in Hays, where he grew up and graduated high school. ... Read More »

Governor Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff Thursday

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff on Thursday. The directive is in honor of Specialist Spencer Duncan, of Olathe, who died while serving the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. 21-year-old Duncan was one of 30 Americans killed in action when their helicopter was shot down. Read More »

New 911-Emergency System Bill Signed into Law

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed Senate Bill-50 into law Wednesday – it will be a law Brownback says that will make it possible for emergency responders to invest in the technology they need to respond. The new law specifically addresses the state’s emergency 911-system and applies to all modes of service, including telephone, cell phones, voice over Internet Protocol, prepaid wireless ... Read More »

Kansas Senators Re-instate Arts Funding

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The Kansas Senate has voted to save the state Arts Commission as a government agency. Senators voted 24-13 on Wednesday to reject Gov. Sam Brownback‘s plan to convert the commission to a private nonprofit group. The conversion would have saved the state about $575,000 annually. Brownback issued an executive reorganization order to make the change July 1. The Senate‘s action ... Read More »

House Acts on Governor’s Spending Cuts

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The Kansas House of Representatives this week passed an amended series of state spending cuts proposed by Governor Sam Brownback. The plan calls for a 2% reduction in base state aid to schools and 7.5% pay cuts for legislators, some government executives, and some university employees. The budget proposal which now goes to the Senate, provides for cutting taxpayer-provided state ... Read More »

Governor Reorganizes State Ag Department

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed an executive order this week that consolidates the functions of the State Agriculture Agencies. Brownback’s move creates within the Ag Department the Animal Health Division which will now include the Animal Health Department and the Livestock Commissioner. The new division will be headed by the Animal Health Commissioner. Brownback – a former State Ag Secretary ... Read More »

Kansas Attorney General Elect Will Watch Federal EPA Regulations

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Kansas Attorney General-elect Derek Schmidt announced this week that his office will keep an eye on any environmental regulations coming from the federal government that might exceed federal authority. The Republican Schmidt takes office next month. He said, “I think we’re in a period of time here where it’s going to be important for states’ legal representatives to keep an ... Read More »