Daily Archives: March 30, 2010

Senate passes protections for journalists

typewriterTOPEKA – The Senate late Tuesday passed a bill that protects journalists from being forced to turn over unpublished notes, video or photographs.

House Bill 2585 passed the Senate 39-1 and the measure now goes to the House for a vote, which will likely happen tonight.

Under the proposal a journalist would have to disclosed unpublished information or anonymous sources unless:

  • The material was relevant to the proceeding

  • The information would not be available through reasonable alternative means and

  • The disclosure is of compelling interest.

UPDATE: Legislature passes late-term abortion bill

LATE, LATE Update: The House passed the bill 83-36, one vote shy of a veto proof majority. The measure now goes to the governor.

TOPEKA – The Senate passed a late-term abortion bill after a debate that focused mostly on procedural motions.

 The Senate passed the measure 24-15. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a similar measure last year. The Senate needs 27 votes to override a veto.

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Pompeo lands endorsement from Koch’s political arm

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

Republican congressional candidate Mike Pompeo landed an endorsement from Koch Industries’  heavy-hitting political action committee today, the campaign announced.

KochPAC‘s endorsement carries some meaning given that Koch is one of the biggest employers in the area and its political arm has already spent more than $1 million on campaigns the 2010 election cycle, according to a breakdown by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Meanwhile, one of Pompeo’s opponents, Jim Anderson, snared an endorsement from the Republican Liberty Caucus, which advocates limited government. Read More »

Panel clears Speaker O’Neal of ethical complaint

mikeonealKansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal broke no ethical rules by taking on legal clients in a lawsuit against the state and should face no punishment, a legislative panel concluded today.

But the panel, made up of three Democrats and three Republicans, recommended that lawmakersthe Legislature should rewrite ethics rules to prevent legislator-attorneys from doing the same thing in the future.

After meeting for more than an hour behind closed doors the committee voted to dismiss the ethical complaint filed against O’Neal by top House Democrats. The vote was unanimous.

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Aggravation apparent as commission talks about jail consultant

inmatestransferSedgwick County Commissioners this morning vented frustrations about a long-delayed report from its jail consultant, Justice Concepts.

“I’m ready to just say we’re done,” Commissioner Dave Unruh told county officials and other commissioners. But he and others also acknowledged that they have a contract with the firm.  Read More »