Kansas Forms Ebola Team
October 21, 2014

(AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered the creation of a special team to respond quickly to any suspected Ebola cases in the state.

The governor’s office also wants to come up with $4 million that could be used in an emergency and is calling on the federal government to provide an emergency cleanup team and federal disposal of Ebola-related waste.

Brownback says in a news release he also has ordered the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to develop a plan for the state that includes stronger rules on protective gear and isolation than what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires.

Kansas has had no confirmed cases of Ebola.

ACLU Sues Kansas, Says Kobach Creating “Two-Tiered” Voting System
November 22, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the state of Kansas and Secretary of State Kris Kobach Thursday over what the ACLU called “separate and unequal” classes of voters, violating the state constitution’s guarantee for equal protection.
The issue centers around the way Secretary of State Kobach is registering voters in Kansas.
Kansas requires voters who register to provide proof of US citizenship.
The US Supreme ruled this summer voters not not have prove documents that prove they are citizens when they register. they are, however, required to swear under oath the are legal citizens or risk perjury penalties.
Kobach and the state are registering some voters who sign up at motor vehicle offices–are not using the state form–to be registered only for federal elections, not state contests.
The ACLU says that creates an illegal two-tiered voting system.
“It makes absolutely no sense that someone would be qualified to vote for president, but not for governor,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a news release.
Kobach called the lawsuit a surprise, not because he didn’t expect an ACLU challenge, but because he says he, too, does not want the split voting system.
“They’re filing to stop the very thing I want to stop as well, which is a two-tiered voting system,” Kobach told the website POLITICO. “The suit incorrectly states that Kansas is implementing the system based on memos sent out to counties to make contingency plans for it.”
The ACLU has been threatening to sue Kansas over the issue for some time.
Kobach says the two-tiered system will only be put into place if Kansas and Arizona loses its lawsuit over the clash between the state and federal forms.
According to the latest estimates about almost 18,000 Kansans have their voting rights suspended while the dispute is is being worked through.
Many of those suspended voters may live in the state’s largest counties. Those are Johnson and Wyandotte counties in suburban Kansas City and Sedgwick County, which contains the city of Wichita.

WyCo Chief Proposes 9% Property Tax Hike
July 12, 2011

Citing the recerssions and state budget cutbacks, The Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County”s top Administrator is proposing a nearly 9% increase in local property taxes in 2012.

Adminstrator Dennis Hays made his presentation to the Mayor Joe Reardon and County Commissioners Monday.

Hays says since 2006, the County has lost more than $100 in money becuase of the recession and state tax cuts. He says the property tax increase will mean an average home owner’s tax bill will be about $677 for the year.

In his message, Hays says Wyandotte County is not alone in asking residents for increased taxes.

He noted that Overland Park may consider a 40% increase. Lawrence, Kansas, has a 10% hike under consideration and in Topeka it’s 9.6%.

Hays says the recession had hit the county hard. He says the County’s savings account has gone from $32 million in 2006 to an estimated $3.6 million in 2012.

The County Commission will make the final judgement on what, if any tax increase, is approved.