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October 6, 2015: Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertOctober 6, 2015
The fight over a move by the Legislature to defund the Kansas judiciary’s budget has now landed in the federal courts. A court notice shows Kansas has moved the lawsuit filed by four judges to U.S. District Court in Topeka. The attorney for the judges says he’s confident they’ll prevail no matter which court hears the case.
The Kansas Bankers Association has spent the most money on food and entertainment for lawmakers this year — more than $26,000 so far. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce is second — spending more than $20,000. In all, lobbyists have spent more than $500,000 entertaining legislators. The figures come from the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, which tracks political spending.
There will be no raises at the University of Kansas while there’s still a chance for more state budget cuts. There’s been speculation about the possibility of additional cuts since the Department of Revenue reported last week that the state collected $31 million less in taxes than anticipated for September.
Kansas is planning to reduce the insurance assistance for children of lower-income state workers next year. The state will let workers who qualify sign their kids up for coverage through the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program. State workers weren’t allowed to sign up for that program prior to the federal Affordable Care Act.
Kansas State football player Cre Moore is facing a DUI charge following a crash in Manhattan. Police say they found pills identified as a depressant after Moore crashed a pickup truck into a light pole early Sunday. The sophomore defensive back wasn’t hurt in the crash.

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