State legislature concludes session…and other headlines: May 3, 2016

andy lambertMay 3, 2016

The Kansas Legislature is out of session until June 1, and its leaders hope lawmakers have finished their business for the year. Their session June 1 is supposed to be only a brief adjournment ceremony.

Before recessing, Kansas legislators approved a health and public welfare bill that would reduce prescription drug costs within the state’s Medicaid program and make changes to eligibility for public assistance. Both chambers passed the bill with strong support. The measure will now go to Gov. Brownback.

Kansas is reporting that its tax collections last month were slightly better than expected. It was good news for the governor after legislators approved a plan dumping most of the work of balancing the budget into his lap. The Department of Revenue found the state collected $2.6 million more than anticipated in taxes in April.

The second of two men who walked away from the Crawford County jail more than a week ago is back in custody. That man was arrested without incident while walking in a neighborhood in Olathe. The two got away by climbing over a fence at the county jail’s outdoor recreation area in Girard on April 23. The first man was recaptured Saturday at a Pittsburg motel.

A decades-long ordeal ruined a Texas man, but his life might start to get better now that the sex offender in Kansas who stole his identity has pleaded guilty to misusing a Social Security number. After years of fighting, he almost gave up on trying to clear his name. Then he read an Associated Press story about another identity theft case in 2013 and contacted a federal prosecutor who took on the case.

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