TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 8, 2016) – While there has been much talk of how the so-called “conservative” Kansas state legislature got trounced in the recent primaries, the 2016 legislative session showed that those conservatives weren’t strong constitutionalists in the first place.Details
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 25, 2016) – Earlier this month, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law that halts state efforts to comply with the EPA Clean Power Plan, at least temporarily.Details
Kansas Electronic Communications Privacy Act would help Thwart both State and Federal Surveillance Programs
TOPEKA, Kansas (March 3, 2016) – A Kansas electronic data protection bill would end state and local warrantless collection of cell phone data and ban the warrantless use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Kansas, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.Details
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 22, 2016) – A Kansas bill would prohibit state cooperation with some contentious federal refugee resettlement programs. The legislation would take a significant step towards nullifying these programs in practice within the state.Details
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 19, 2016) – A Kansas bill that would withdraw the state from Common Core standards passed out of an important committee on Wednesday. The legislation represents an important step toward nullifying nationalized education in the state.Details
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 15, 2016) A Kansas bill would legalize marijuana for medical use in the state, the first big step to nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the plant.Details
TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 8, 2015) – A bill prefiled in the Kansas House represents an important first step toward limiting the influence of the federal government in the Sunflower State and could open the door to stopping a wide range of federal programs.Details
Nullification 1, Brady Campaign 0: Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Kansas 2nd Amendment Protection Act
Last week, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act, saying the suit from the Brady Campaign was “without merit.” The law, signed by Gov. Sam Brownback in 2013, draws a line in the sand on federal gun control. It reads, in part: Any act, law, treaty,…Details
Kansas SB67 and HB2292 would ban common core. SB67 must pass successfully through the Senate Committee on Education, and HB2292 must pass successfully through the House Committee on Education before they can receive full votes in their respective chambers. Take the following steps to support these bills.Details
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce again presented a plan earlier this year that attempted to liberate grocers in the state to sell wine and liquor. Soon after, they presented a bill to the legislature, hoping to liberalize the state’s regulation of alcoholic beverages. This is a regular occurrence, although it’s entirely unnecessary, given the recent history of alcohol legislation in the state of Kansas. If all of this seems strange to you, allow me to provide a little context.
Kansas has a storied history of alcohol prohibition; it was the first state to enact such a government program. Voters first moved to prohibit alcohol in 1881, and such restrictions continued until 1948 when again, a majority of Kansans voted to lift some prohibitions. Of course the 21st Amendment was adopted fifteen years prior, but that was of no concern to the legislature, who never considered the amendment, and to this day has not ratified it.
Carrie Nation made a name for herself in Kansas, helping to start a chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement. She began with harassing saloon owners and consumers of alcohol and within a short period was destroying their property. Wielding a hatchet, she would march into a saloon and attack the bar, before smashing as much of the stock as she could, to prevent the consumption of alcohol. Nation claimed to have been called to do this, and during her career of “hatchetations,” as they came to be known, was arrested dozens of times.Details