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"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s national campaign against illegal immigration suffered setbacks Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases on two cities’ ordinances that sought to require proof of citizenship to rent housing.

"Kobach had assisted in the writing and legal defenses of laws passed by the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, Texas, and the Pennsylvania coal country town of Hazleton, about 80 miles northeast of the state capital of Harrisburg.

"Both cities had sought to levy fines against landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and to require prospective tenants to get a city renting permit by proving they were legally in the United States."

There was a bill introduced in the legislature this session prohibiting outside employment of certain elected officials (SB 14, probably dead in committee). Here, it’s short but thorough:

AN ACT concerning certain state officers and employees; restricting outside employment.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. (a) No state officer or employee shall be employed in any capacity or receive any compensation for any work which involves at least 10 hours per week performed by such state officer or employee other than such state officer’s or employee’s official duties.
(b) For the purposes of this section, the term “state officer or
employee” includes the following:
(1) The governor;
(2) the attorney general;
(3) the secretary of state;
(4) the commissioner of insurance;
(5) the state treasurer;
(6) each person appointed to the governor’s cabinet;
(7) the public information officer and the chief attorney
appointed for the:
(A) Department of administration;
(B) department for aging and disability services;
(C) department of agriculture;
(D) department of commerce;
(E) department of corrections;
(F) department of health and environment;
(G) department for children and families;
(H) department of transportation;
(I) Kansas department of wildlife, parks and tourism; and
(J) juvenile justice authority;
(8) the personal secretary and one special assistant to the:
(A) Secretary of administration;
(B) secretary for aging and disability services;
(C) secretary of agriculture;
(D) secretary of commerce;
(E) secretary of corrections;
(F) secretary of health and environment;
(G) secretary for children and families;
(H) secretary of transportation;
(I) secretary of wildlife, parks and tourism; and
(J) commissioner of juvenile justice.
(c) Any person who violates this act shall be deemed to be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.

goodreasonnews:

goodreasonnews:

Fucking child abuser must be recalled and voted out. Tell her how you feel:

gail.finney@house.ks.gov
1-316-768-0615
www.gailfinney.com/contact-us.html

I’m really surprised how few people care that they’re trying to legalize physically abusing children in Kansas. Maybe you missed this earlier?

up to 10 forceful applications in succession of a bare, open-hand palm against the clothed buttocks of a child and any such reasonable physical force on the child as may be necessary to hold, restrain or control the child in the course of maintaining authority over the child, acknowledging that redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a resultHB 2699

This died in committee earlier this week. Not to defend it at all, there are some misconceptions about it (that don’t make it any better…) First, schools in Kansas (and 19 other states) can already spank kids; local school boards decide whether they want it in their district. Second, it’s not a bill that introduces spanking. It actually removes corporal punishment from existing assault law, marking a clear line between behaviours that would or would not be legal. Third, it is reiterated that parental consent is required before a spanking can be …um… administered by schools or other care providers.

I personally agree that a clear line of demarcation between “forceful parental discipline” and child abuse might be helpful to creating a uniform standard in identifying a child in need of care. But I also think this is a scapegoat for people who don’t want to provide the community supports required to enable parents to be good parents. Living wages might be a good start.

ETA: edited out some editing wack

And does it by referencing a 19th century standard. In case you were wondering just how far back the GOP wants to take us.

Kansas Senate Bill 304 titled The Municipal Communication’s Network and Private Telecommunications Investment Safeguards Act was introduced by a lobbyist from the cable TV industry.

The goal of the legislation is to limit out of existence community efforts to provide broadband service to local residents, usually in areas under-served by commercial access. More specifically, it will block expansion of Google Fiber.

Modeled on ALEC legislation, the bill limits local control in opposition to small-government ideology. Members of the Committee on Commerce have all been supported by telecom companies.

Scott Roeder is back in court, appealing his sentence for the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

Because, you know it’s all so sensible. And if nullification of Federal Laws regarding the greater or lesser prairie chicken can stand, why wouldn’t they be able to nullify any other law, say, gun control?

From the text:

(d) No official, agent or employee of the state of Kansas, or any
political subdivision thereof, shall enforce or attempt to enforce any federal law, treaty, regulation or executive action that specifically regulates the following within the state:
(1) The lesser prairie chicken;
(2) the greater prairie chicken;
(3) the habitats of such species;
(4) farming practices that affect such species; or
(5) other human activity that affects such species or the habitats of such species.
Sec. 6. (a) It is unlawful for any official, agent or employee of the
government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States to enforce or attempt to enforce any federal law, treaty, regulation or executive action that specifically regulates the following within the state:
(1) The lesser prairie chicken;
(2) the greater prairie chicken;
(3) the habitats of such species;
(4) farming practices that affect such species; or
(5) other human activity that affects such species or the habitats of such species.
(b) Violation of this section is a severity level 10, nonperson felony.
(c) Any criminal prosecution for a violation of this section shall be
commenced by service of complaint and summons upon such official, agent or employee. Such official, agent or employee shall not be arrested or otherwise detained prior to, or during the pendency of, any trial for a violation of this section.
(d) A county or district attorney, or the attorney general, may seek
injunctive relief in any court of competent jurisdiction to enjoin any
official, agent or employee of the government of the United States or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States from enforcing any federal law, treaty, regulation or executive action that specifically regulates the following within the state:
(1) The lesser prairie chicken;
(2) the greater prairie chicken;
(3) the habitats of such species;
(4) farming practices that affect such species; or
(5) other human activity that affects such species or the habitats of such species.

With two, live sonograms right there in the middle of the Senate Committee meeting. After all, Kansas is inserting the legislation into medical examination rooms, why not have a medical examination in the legislature?

Kansas HB2453 - Protecting religious freedom regarding marriage.

jerfrey:

It’s baaaaack.

HB2453 is quite simple: it says anyone who objects to married same-sex couples may legally pretend the marriages don’t exist.

Under HB2453, county clerks won’t have to issue you a marriage license. Under HB2453, companies won’t have to offer you the same spousal benefits they offer other married couples. Under HB2453, hospitals can pretend you’re not the next-of-kin to your dying spouse. Under HB2453, your boss can deny you bereavement leave to bury the above-mentioned spouse. Under HB2453, it’s not just individuals who get to pretend you’re not married. It’s entire agencies of the state government. It’s whole for-profit companies. It’s any man, woman, child, stray dog, and random breeze that gets to pretend you’re not really married. All they have to say is “God told me so.”

You can read the bill here

Mother of GoD WHY

The bill doesn’t mention “same-gender marriage” until page three. Until that point, it apparently applies to any marriage, civil union or domestic partnership. So denial of inter-racial marriage or marriage between people with disabilities, for example, appears to be subject as well.

The bill was introduced by the Committee on Federal and State Affairs and no specific names are attached at the moment.

A shit bill entered by cowards, I’d say.

Wichita, Kan. — Wichita Police say a man was taken into custody following a road-rage incident in East Wichita.

"It began early Saturday afternoon in the 600 block of North Rock Road. Wichita Police Sgt. Scott Brunow says an 18 and 21-year-old man saw a man point a handgun at them following an incident in traffic.

"They contacted 911 with a vehicle description and tag number. A short time later, police spotted the minivan and stopped the 33-year-old driver near a gas station in Park City.

"Police recovered a gun inside of the minivan. The driver was taken into custody for aggravated assault."

oinonio:

Something to think about before you post some sketchily researched nonsense from one of the states that did everything they could to gum up the ACA.Kentucky is laughing at you.
Kentucky.
(via Steve Marmel)

oinonio:

Something to think about before you post some sketchily researched nonsense from one of the states that did everything they could to gum up the ACA.

Kentucky is laughing at you.

Kentucky.

(via Steve Marmel)