Legislature wants to hire attorneys for school funding issues…and other headlines: February 18, 2016

andy lambertFebruary 18, 2016
Republican lawmakers want to set aside $50,000 so the Kansas Legislature can hire attorneys to represent it on school funding issues. The addition of the spending to a budget-balancing plan prompted a Democrat to suggest that GOP leaders are preparing to defy a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling on education funding.
The Kansas House has approved a plan for eliminating a projected deficit of nearly $200 million in the state’s next budget. The Senate could vote Thursday on the compromise worked out by House and Senate negotiators. It makes dozens of changes in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Kansas public schools would need to get parents’ permission before students could participate in sex education classes under a bill a state House committee has approved. The Education Committee’s chairman says the “opt-in” sex education bill would give parents more control. Most Kansas school districts have “opt-out” policies in which a child takes sex education unless a parent objects.
The head of a south-central Kansas home for the aging and his wife are accused of abusing three children they adopted from Peru. Jim and Paige Nachtigal of North Newton are charged with three counts each of child abuse. Their 11-year-old son and 11- and 15-year-old daughters were placed in protective custody last week.
Investigators say food left on a stove sparked a fire that killed one person in Liberal. Firefighters found a person sleeping in a bedroom of a smoky apartment on Tuesday and the person later died in a hospital. There were no other injuries in the four-unit building.
A Washington state florist who was sued for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding has testified before a Kansas House committee in support of additional legal protections for people like her. Barronelle Stutzman has told the Federal and State Affairs Committee she objected to providing the flowers because she believes “marriage is between a man and a woman.” A gay-rights group called the committee briefing a “one-sided attack.”





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