2 committees back to work on budget issues…and other headlines: April 25, 2017

andy lambertApril 25, 2017
Two Kansas legislative committees are resuming their work on budget issues this week before all lawmakers return to the Statehouse. The House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees are scheduled to have a joint meeting Thursday morning. They plan to review a new fiscal forecast issued last week before working on budget legislation.
Investigators believe a hunter accidentally shot his brother and a friend after mistaking them for wild turkeys in southeast Kansas. The state Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says the victims were shot in the face and upper body. The Crawford County sheriff ruled the shooting an accident and the two are expected to survive. The wildlife department’s game warden says the shooter broke several hunting safety rules, including shooting at movement.
Governor Brownback signs legislation tightening inspection requirements for amusement parks in Kansas. The law puts an end to the practice of letting parks inspect their own rides. That legislation was spurred by the death of a lawmaker’s son on the Verrukt waterslide at Schlitterbahn in KCK.
The preliminary hearing is in the books for an Arizona woman accused of carrying 44 pounds of marijuana in her vehicle when she was stopped in South Hutchinson. She was originally pulled over for speeding but won’t be charged for that – possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute are the charges now.
First district congressman Dr. Roger Marshall opens a new district office in Garden City. It’s believed to the be the first time the district has had an office there. The congressman has been among the lawmakers back in their districts in the past couple weeks.




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