Brownback signs school funding bill…and other headlines: June 16, 2017

Governor Brownback signs into law a bill increasing the state’s funding on public schools in response to a court mandate. Brownback acted yesterday on that bill, which would phase in a $293 million increase in aid to public schools over two years. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding was inadequate. The court is expected to review the new law.
A Topeka man gets 14 years in prison for the death of his 14-month old daughter. He’d been convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. A court affidavit cited doctors saying the girl’s bruises were consistent with an “extremely violent event” such as being punched.
A coroner says Rep. Patsy Terrell of Hutchinson died of natural causes. Terrell was found dead in a hotel room last week. The Shawnee County Coroner says Terrell had “significant medical problems” consistent with her death. The news comes just a day after five people said they are interested in completing Terrell’s legislative term.
2.5 to 2.9 percent are the tuition rate increases approved for the state’s six universities. The Kansas Board of Regents approved the increases, which have KU and Wichita State tied for lowest and the highest bumps at Fort Hays and Kansas State. Those apply to both resident and non-resident students.
Governor Brownback allows a bill designed to keep concealed guns out of public hospitals and mental health centers become law without his signature. The legislation called for a permanent ban on concealed guns in those buildings. The existing waiver was set to expire at the end of the month.

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