Daily Archives: Feb. 17, 2010

Baldwin City senator announces run for governor

hollandLittle-known Kansas state Sen. Tom Holland kicked off his campaign for governor Wednesday, insisting voters deserve an alternative to Republican U.S. Sam Brownback.

Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat, said if elected in November he’ll focus on creating private sector jobs and protecting the state’s investment in education.

“I’m standing here today to let Kansans know they do have a choice for governor,” he said.

Holland’s campaign represents the latest attempt by Democrats to find a viable candidate to challenge Brownback, whose campaign for governor is well under way.

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Firefighters beat back builders on fire-sprinkler bill

sprinklerTOPEKA — A battle between firefighters and builders in the House of Representatives today went to the firefighters on a tie vote.

At issue was House Bill 2515, which would have banned cities and counties from requiring fire sprinklers in residential buildings of four units or less.

The bill was strongly supported by the state associations for Realtors, builders and mobile home manufacturers. It was just as strongly opposed by firefighter groups and associations of cities and counties. Read More »

Kansas Senate to consider amendment blocking federal health-care reform

TOPEKA — A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting the impact of potential federal health care reform measures is on its way to the full Senate.

The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday moved out Senate Concurrent Resolution 1626 without recommendation on a voice vote. Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, Kan., was the only recorded no vote.

The resolution would add a new article to the state’s constitution to say that no person or business in the state could be required to participate in a specific health care system or purchase health care. It also stipulates that health care providers may accept direct payments for medical care.

The idea, also being pushed in the House, is necessary to keep the federal government from infringing on the state’s sovereignty, supporters have said.

If the resolution passes by a two-thirds majority in both chambers, voters will consider the question in the November general election.

Lottery approves revised contract for Sumner casino

chisholmcreekcasinoWICHITA —  The Kansas Lottery Commission has approved a new contract with Chisholm Creek Casino Resort to build a casino in Sumner County.

The contract includes amendments adding a hotel to the project, and a schedule of investments that depend on whether a tribal casino is built in Park City by the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma. The casino must be built within 18 months of final approval from the state and contain a minimum of 72,000 square feet, 1,300 slot machines, 40 table games and a 200-seat restaurant. Read More »