February 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state of Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million, settling a long dispute over water use from the Republican River. The river originates in Colorado, runs through Nebraska and ends in Kansas. In a compact reached in 1943, 49 percent of the river's water was ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
An Arkansas enacted a bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing ordinances with anti-discrimination codes became law Monday when Asa Hutchinson declined to veto it. Critics had called for a veto, as the legislation prohibits local governments from enacting laws to protect ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a bill that would prohibit a common second trimester abortive procedure by redefining it as "dismemberment abortions". The bill was prepared by the National Right to Life Committee and encountered overwhelming support on the Senate floor, passing in a 31-9 ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday approved a right-to-work bill by a vote of 91-64. The bill will now be sent to the Missouri Senate, where it could face a filibuster. Even if the bill is approved by the Senate, Governor Jay Nixon is expected to veto it. The bill allows workers ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday rescinded a number of executive orders by the former governor, including one that protected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) state employees from unfair hiring practices, sexual harassment and other types of discrimination at work. The previous ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey D. Jackson, of the Washburn University School of Law, discusses the complexities of applying state and federal court orders to state marriage laws ...On October 6, 2014, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari on all seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
The Kansas Supreme Court decided Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in the most populous county in Kansas. Johnson County had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in October and was challenged in state court. A federal court decision earlier in November ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an lifted a stay on issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Kansas. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order blocking same-sex marriage in Kansas earlier this week, after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked the court for an injunction. Kansas, in an ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday issued an order blocking gay marriage in Kansas after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked the US Supreme Court for an injunction. The delay temporarily prevents the issuance of licenses to same-sex couples in Kansas and will remain in ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Kansas rule that required prospective voters to show proof-of-citizenship documents before registering using a federal voter registration form. The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit also said that a federal agency does not have to alter the ...[read more]

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