Legislators tackling budget issues…and other headlines: January 19, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 19, 2017
Kansas legislators slammed Governor Sam Brownback’s accounting move to mask a hole in the state budget, then signaled they may approve it anyway. The House and Senate budget committees began their review yesterday of the governor’s budget plan, which doesn’t include widespread spending cuts that some legislators have advocated. Kansas is one of several states where the problems are serious enough that legislators are reconsidering past tax cuts.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach asks the Legislature for authority to throw out votes in local and state races from voters who didn’t provide papers proving citizenship when they signed up to vote. Right now federal courts block the state from requiring those documents when people sign up to vote using the national form or at a motor vehicle office.
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments March 16 in a case challenging a law that bans a second-trimester abortion procedure. Two doctors have challenged a 2015 law that bans doctors from using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments to remove a fetus in pieces. Abortion proponents argue that procedure is extremely rare and only used in medical emergencies.
After two years without increases, student health insurance premiums will go up more than 5 percent at state universities next year. The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a 5.2 percent premium increase for all plans for the 2017-18 academic year. The Lawrence Journal-World reports a student-only plan will cost $1,464 a year, an increase or $72. No changes to plan benefits were recommended.
A driver from Oklahoma, flown to the hospital in Denver after his semi drifted off of K-25 south of Colby, hitting a ditch. He then overcorrected into the other ditch and rolled the big rig. He did have a seat belt on.




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