Health Care Freedom in Kansas (video)

By   /  February 2, 2011  /  Column B, Free Market, Health Care, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, Personal liberty  /  1 Comment

TOPEKA.  The Kansas House Health and Human Services Committee met on Monday to consider the Health Care Freedom Amendment and the Health Care Freedom Act.
The proposed constitutional amendment measure, which is also known as HCR 5007, would result in a 2012 vote for Kansans to decide whether the state constitution would prohibit forced purchase of [...]

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Kansas House passes “Lexie’s Law”

By   /  May 12, 2010  /  Accountability, Audio, Children, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature, News  /  1 Comment

After passing the 1% increase in sales tax very early Tuesday, the Kansas House at 2:15 AM addressed HB 2356, otherwise known as Lexie’s Law.
The purpose of the bill was to improve inspections of child care facilities in Kansas after preventable deaths had occurred.
The current bill was a Senate Substitute for HB 2356 that had [...]

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Senate, in Push for Smoking Ban Exempting Casinos, Cancels House Meeting

By   /  February 24, 2010  /  Kansas, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature, News  /  5 Comments

NOTE: Story updated 9:30 p.m. with information from Senate President’s office and Legislative Research.
Activity early today indicates the Senate may try to push the House to accept a smoking ban that includes an exemption for state-owned casinos. So says Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, chair of the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee.
The Clerk of [...]

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Smoking Ban Advocate Says Some Claims Just Smoke

By   /  February 20, 2010  /  Health Care, Kansas, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature, News, Video  /  19 Comments

Opponents to a statewide total smoking ban say anti-tobacco advocates are playing a little loose with their facts.
They have an unlikely ally in Michael Siegel, a medical doctor and professor of community health sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He’s a long-standing anti-tobacco advocate, a proponent of smoking bans and a strong critic [...]

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Fuzzy “Facts” vs Freedom in Smoking Ban Debate

By   /  February 11, 2010  /  Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature, News, Regulations, Video  /  5 Comments

There’s almost no debate that smoking is unhealthy, but there’s plenty of debate about whether and how to implement a statewide ban on smoking in public to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. Interested citizens, lobbyists and speakers filled the Health and Human Services hearing room in the Docking building Wednesday.
Local media photographed Stacy Parkinson, wife [...]

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