Daily Archives: Feb. 14, 2014

Wagle sees bill for what it is: discrimination

waglenewSenate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, is wise to be concerned about the impact of House Bill 2453, which allows people, including government employees, to refuse service to same-sex couples. She said the bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House, is unlikely to pass the Senate, saying her members “don’t condone discrimination.” The bill was crafted by an out-of-state group and pitched as a defense of religious liberties in case Kansas’ same-sex marriage prohibition is overturned by the courts. But as written, the bill is a license to discriminate. Good for Wagle and other senators for seeing through it.

Open thread (Feb. 14)

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Dept. of Agriculture still headquartered in Topeka?

KYLE DYCKActing Agriculture Secretary Jackie McClaskey said that the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s impending move to Manhattan is legal, even though state statutes require the department to be headquartered in Topeka, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office decided that the headquarters still could be considered to be in Topeka if the secretary had an office within the city limits, McClaskey said. About 95 percent of department employees (but not McClaskey) are moving this summer to new offices near Kansas State University.