Hey, kids, you're looking at a yearlong grounding by the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council.
That 9 p.m. curfew on places like the Country Club Plaza and Westport may go from a summer thing to a year-round rule.
The Kansas City Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee this week is expected to take up a proposed ordinance that would make last year's summer curfew at entertainment districts good for any time of year.
A couple of libertarians from Overbrook and Topeka had no luck trying to get a judge in Johnson County to strike down open-carry firearm bans in Leawood and Prairie Village.
A Johnson County judge on April 17 threw out lawsuits filed by the leaders of the Libertarian Party of Kansas on behalf of themselves and the party against both cities, mainly because none of them could prove that they've been harmed in some way by the open-carry restrictions passed by both cities.
A pair of tax policy wonks on both ends of the political spectrum met in the middle in an analysis of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's tax plan; it's a bad idea, both say.
Governing Magazine, a publication favored by government bureaucrats, published the thoughts of right-leaning Joe Henchman of the Tax Foundation and Nick Johnson of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who agreed that Kansas' tax-reform plan was the worst that passed any state's legislature in the last year.
TIF is the commonly used development tool that sometimes results in good projects and sometimes results in bad projects. But its method of redirecting new property and economic activity taxes away from public bodies, like cities, counties and school districts, to developers often has a way of limiting their revenues at a time when budgets are strapped.
Markley's school district has watched TIF redirect millions in potential revenues to development projects at a time when the district is grappling with declining state aid and lower property assessments.
Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile might have some free time on his hands soon. Gile, in his first term, became Internet famous today after it was reported that he used a racial slur during a commission work session.
The county Board of Commissioners was debating whether it should hire an architect to draw up changes to a county building. During the discussion, Gile said hiring someone was preferable to "n - - - rigging it." Not surprisingly, he has spent the last couple of days apologizing and explaining that he's not a racist.
Kansas legislators may no longer have to fear the worst - they're on their way to being able to drink in the Statehouse when they celebrate the completion of $332 million in renovations to the nicest building in Topeka this side of the David Wittig mansion.
The Kansas Senate managed to send a collection of liquor laws, all at the same time, to the House on Friday that lets party-minded legislators drink bubbly at certain Statehouse functions, the Associated Press reports.
She had also joined the historical ranks of politicians who may have been thwarted by negative campaigning. The Roeland Park mayoral candidate found herself on the business end of tactics not regularly seen in cities that size.
Roeland Park residents last week opened their mailboxes to find a one-page anonymous mailer that took Mau, a city councilwoman from 2003 to 2007, to task for codes violations, questioned her education credentials, and charged that she'd skipped out on bills and written rubber checks.
The ballot measure was prompted by the construction of a Honeywell plant at 14500 Botts Road, where non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons are made. The plant will open next year.
In the post titled after a Bible passage in Corinthians ("And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love"), McCaskill wrote, "I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love."
This bill does one thing - it places a hold on the person's position while they are serving in Topeka. After the session is over they must report within 72 hours to their employer for reassignment.
Smith contends on his website that this bill is needed in order to protect and broaden the pool of "citizen legislators." He believes that a whole crop of potential Kansas lawmakers are prevented from running because they don't have the flexibility to leave their job for the three-month legislative session. As he explains, serving in the Kansas Legislature is akin to serving in the National Guard.
It is the same principle and, in fact, is based on the language of the law, that protects our military reservists and/or national guard members from losing their job when they go on active duty for training or other reasons.
If Smith's bill is successful, citizen legislators won't have to join the ranks of the 80,401 citizens who were unemployed in Kansas in December 2012.
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