Lawrence-based Older Women’s League seeks to legalize physician-assisted death

April 18

  • The Kaw Valley Older Women’s League is asking Kansas lawmakers to introduce a bill that would make physician-assisted death legal. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Lawrence-based group wants physicians to be able to prescribe medication to those with an expected lifespan of six months or less, if the patient requests it verbally and in writing. Members of the league said they think people should be able to choose when they want to die.
  • Gov. Sam Brownback scheduled a news conference Thursday to discuss the proposed changes to Medicaid. The Wichita Eagle reports that the management of the $2.9 billion-a-year program will be given to three private companies. Brownback began the overhaul in February and the changes will take effect in July.
  • Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said he intends to improve access to state records by making them available online. Business Week reports that former Secretary of Ste Ron Thornburgh began the project of better accessibility. Before becoming available online, someone from the public had to request a copy to be mailed. Kobach said the access to records will keep his office efficient and promote knowledge of democracy in the state.
  • The Lawrence Journal World reports the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet later this week to rework the $14.1 billion state budget. Before the break that ends April 25, a compromise, which legislators were close to taking final action on, was thrown out. The negotiated budget will take effect in the next fiscal year, starting July 1.
  • Gov. Sam Brownback will introduce his plans for expanding the state’s ecotourism at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in Great Bend, Kan on April 28. The Kansas City Star reports Brownback invited participants to discuss ideas for outdoor activities that would bring tourists to the state.
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