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Lawmakers consider taking more traffic ticket money from cities…March 3, 2016 headlines

andy lambertMarch 3, 2016

A Kansas Senate committee is considering a bill that would require municipalities to give the state more of the money they receive from traffic tickets. The measure would require cities to cough up any traffic ticket proceeds that exceed 10 percent of their annual revenues and require municipal courts to hand over 70 percent of all revenue they collect from traffic violations on highways. All of the money from the municipalities would go into the state’s general fund.

The Kansas Board of Regents says the bulk of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s higher education cuts will come from the state’s two largest universities and their affiliated programs. The board released figures today showing that the University of Kansas and its Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, together will lose almost $7.2 million. Kansas State University, its veterinary school and its agricultural extension research programs will lose $4.9 million.

Prosecutors claim a Shawnee County sheriff’s detective lied in a charging affidavit. The detective claimed in a charging affidavit to have spoken with people that she actually didn’t talk to. It wasn’t immediately clear which case this involved.

A man is charged in four bank robberies and a jewelry store robbery in Wichita. In addition to the robbery charges, he also faces a single count of unlawful possession of a firearm, since a gun was used in one of the robberies and that man’s a convicted felon.

Lawrence decides against letting people pay $3 parking tickets with canned food donations. City staff recommended against it, claiming it would bring in $30,000 less money to municipal government and require more work from court clerks. The mayor suggested the proposal’s sponsor bring it up again during 2017 budget talks.

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