Jeff King http://kcur.org en Kansas Lawmakers To Work On Hard 50 Fix http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-work-hard-50-fix <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">A special legislative committee will convene at the Statehouse Monday to start work on a fix for the so-called Hard 50 sentencing law, which allows judges to give harsher sentences to convicted murderers in certain cases. &nbsp;A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling raised questions about the law.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:07:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 42578 at http://kcur.org Kansas Supreme Court Justice And Lawmaker Butt Heads http://kcur.org/post/kansas-supreme-court-justice-and-lawmaker-butt-heads <p>The chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and a prominent legislator are butting heads. At issue are allegations made the the justice. He says the legislator, who's an attorney, tried to make a deal tying a pay raise for court workers to a constitutional amendment.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 14:29:28 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36787 at http://kcur.org Kansas Supreme Court Justice And Lawmaker Butt Heads Senate Passes Drug Testing for Welfare Bill http://kcur.org/post/senate-passes-drug-testing-welfare-bill <p>A bill that would require drug testing for some welfare and unemployment benefit recipients passed the Kansas Senate Thursday. It would require drug tests for some people enrolled in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, if they are suspected of drug use.</p><p>Senator Jeff King, an Independence Republican, says the goal of the bill is to help Kansans who have drug problems.</p><p>Democratic Senator Anthony Hensley tried &nbsp;to add a provision that would also administer drug tests to business owners who receive economic development funds from the state.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:23:53 +0000 Stephen Koranda 32778 at http://kcur.org