The Kansas Board of Regents approves policies for how the state’s six public universities will implement a state law letting people carry concealed guns into buildings on campus. That kicks in in July. The regents hardly discussed the plans before giving them the green light. The blueprints spell out university policies on how to safely store and handle those firearms.
Governor Brownback outlines a plan for a scholarship program to attract new teachers to rural Kansas schools and suggested GOP legislators aren’t being constructive when criticizing his handling of the state’s budget problem. Brownback said his budget proposals next year will include the new teacher scholarship program _ which he calls “TeachersKan” _ despite projected budget shortfalls totaling $1.1 billion through June 2019. He’s being criticized for waiting until next month to address the budget, instead of tackling it now.
Most Kansas Senate committees will have new leaders when legislators reconvene next month, and moderate Republicans will have more chairmanships. Senate President Susan Wagle announced the appointments of 12 committee chairmen and chairwomen yesterday. Just four Senators are keeping the posts they already have, and moderate GOP Sen. Carolyn McGinn from Sedgwick will be chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee, which writes out the budget.
KDOT is putting off ten more road projects because of the state’s budget problems. That’s on top of 24 there were postponed in November. The state had planned to put 18 projects worth roughly $24.7 million out to bid next month, but instead it’ll be the 8 that administrators consider the most pressing, with a total price tag around $7.25 million.
KU hoops forward Carlton Bragg Junior is off suspension now that battery charges against him have been dropped. The decision was made after police looked at surveillance video and determined he didn’t break the law. In a statement, Bragg calls the experience “difficult and humiliating” and adds that he hopes to put it behind him.