Updates from the legislature and other headlines: March 18, 2016

andy lambertMarch 18, 2016
The Kansas Senate passes an amended bill that critics claim will gut an open records law passed two years ago. In 2014, lawmakers approved a bill that made probable cause affidavits open to the public. Before that, Kansas was the only state in the U.S. that sealed the affidavits, which explain why police arrested someone or searched a location.
A judge has set a May 3 trial date for the woman accused of giving her ex-boyfriend the guns used in that mass shooting at a factory in Hesston. Investigators claim that woman told them she gave guns to the shooter because he had threatened her.
Republican legislators are divided over redistributing education money in response to a Kansas Supreme Court order. The GOP-dominated Senate Ways and Means Committee approved a bill to reallocate $38 million of the more than $4 billion in aid for 286 school districts. But in the House, strong criticism from Republicans on the Appropriations Committee forced its chairman to drop his own, milder version.
Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would prohibit local governments from regulating the work hours or wages of private employees. The measure would outlaw local regulations requiring that employers give benefits, paid vacation time or higher than minimum wages to private employees unless a state or federal law requires so. However, the measure would exempt any local regulations related to business attraction, recruitment, or retention programs.
KU says it’s having success with a program aimed at keeping struggling students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from dropping out. The faculty mentoring program has been offered to 150 students and 125 of them have returned to school. Only one ended up leaving.





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