Kansas courts close to make up for budget shortfall

April 4
  • Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss signed an order to close the Kansas courts for five days because legislature did not approve a budget that would help fund the court system’s $1.4 million shortfall. The Lawrence Journal-World reported the courts will close to make up for part of this shortfall. More than 1,500 employees without pay for those five days.
  • University of Kansas Student Senate voted on a bill that would require coalitions for presidential elections to register before chalking or distributing materials.  In accordance with this bill, senate also set deadlines for the candidates to pay fines for campaign violations. The University Daily Kansan reported that the senate also made changes to its budget code at the meeting Tuesday.
  • The Kansas House began debating a bill that would allow pharmacists to stop offering drugs that they think could cause abortion. The law intends to provide legal protections for those in the health care field who do not want to be associated with abortion. The Kansas City Star reported that under this bill, pharmacists could refuse to provide the “morning-after” pill.
  • The Food and Drug Administration is investigating to identify the source of salmonella. The Wichita Eagle reports that members of the FDA called the spread of the illness “rapid”; there have been more than 90 cases throughout the nation. Symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.
  • The governor’s staff and legislators will be interviewed in the district attorney’s investigation into meetings at Cedar Crest, Gov. Sam Brownback’s residence. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Brownback invited more than 90 legislators to dinner gatherings in January. Only one democrat was invited to these meetings, and she did not attend.
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