TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that prevents the state from cutting off Medicaid funds to a Planned Parenthood affiliate. Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer said Thursday that the state is seeking to reverse a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last month. The appeals court's decision blocked Kansas from ending its contract with Planned Parenthood Great Plains.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A judge is barring Topeka's city government from enforcing an ordinance banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis issued the permanent injunction Thursday. The law increasing the minimum age to buy tobacco products was slated to take effect in January.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have taken a step toward greater transparency in law enforcement with the Senate passing a bill that would require departments to share body camera footage more quickly. The vote Thursday was unanimous and sent the bill to the House. It would give law enforcement agencies up to 20 days to release footage sought the subjects of the footage, their attorneys, legal guardians or next of kin.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas lawmakers have advanced the first piece of a plan for complying with a Kansas Supreme Court on public school funding. A special Senate committee on school finance approved a bill Thursday to revise the state's formula for distributing more than $4 billion a year to local school districts. The bill's changes are designed to make the formula fairer to poor school districts and fix problems cited by the court.
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