Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is asking the state Legislature to pass two measures aimed at fighting illegal immigration by barring “sanctuary cities” and allowing state troopers to enforce immigration laws. Republican state Rep. John Whitmer, of Wichita, introduced the two proposals in a House committee yesterday at Kobach’s request. Kobach has advised Trump and other states on immigration measures.
A church pastor and longtime homeless shelter director in eastern Kansas admits to sexually abusing two children. Jay Preston pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated liberties with a child. Under his plea agreement, attorneys will recommend 13 years in prison. He was pastor of Grace Revolution Church of the Nazarene and president and CEO of My Father’s House, a homeless shelter in Paola.
A former high school coach in Barton County is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor. Todd Kaiser was a phys-ed teacher for Eisenhower Elementary in Great Bend, and had coached the high school’s track and field teams. He’s out on bail and due in court March 6th.
Kansas is considering having a private company build a new prison and lease it back to the state to replace its oldest and largest lockup. Some critics see that as a step toward privatizing the entire corrections system, arguing that if a prison doesn’t make enough money for the parent company they just shut it down. Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood announced yesterday that the state will solicit proposals from private companies to build the new prison in Lansing.
Proponents of a bill that would upend the law allowing concealed carry on college campuses in Kansas aren’t giving up despite a setback in the state Senate. A committee voted this week not to advance the bill to the full chamber, but organizers hope pushing the proposal through the Kansas House would boost its chances of clearing the Senate.