2014 Kansas legislative session
The Kansas Supreme Court is appointed by the governor from a list of potential nominees supplied by a commission that vets applicants. Conservatives have complained this system has produced a liberal-leaning court, and gives lawyers on the nominating commission more power than elected officials in selecting justices.
Conservative legislators, many of them affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council, which opposes mandated goals for renewable energy, are planning to try to repeal the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Kansas' proof of citizenship rule to register to vote has put nearly 20,000 potential voters in limbo, launched lawsuits and placed the state and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who pushed for the requirement, at the center of voting rights disputes. Because the state voter registration requirement and the federal voter registration requirement don't match up on proof of citizenship, there is the possibility that Kansas could have a two-tiered voting system, where some voters could vote in all contests, while others could vote only in federal congressional and presidential contests.
Depending on what the Kansas Supreme Court does with a pending school finance lawsuit, this could become the nuclear issue of the session.
Half the states nationwide are taking advantage of a part of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid at federal expense to provide health care coverage to millions of low-income people.
State Rep. John Wilson, D-Lawrence, said he wilould push for hearings so that legislators can see whether the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is being run appropriately.
Opponents of allowing undocumented immigrants who have attended Kansas high schools to receive in-state tuition rates are vowing to try to repeal the 2004 law. Previous repeal attempts have fallen short.
Some conservatives want to convert Kansas' public retirement system into a 401(k)-type plan for new teachers and government workers. But other legislators say they want to see if recent changes to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System will improve the system's finances.
Brownback has signed into law a bevy of changes in the state's abortion laws, many of which are being challenged in court. Some legislators have said they want to go further in restricting abortion, including a bill prohibiting abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable.
These issues are listed in no particular order. Read the full story on the Lawrence Journal-World's website. www2.ljworld.com Topeka ? Here are issues that will be debated during the session:School financeDepending on what the Kansas Supreme Court does with a pending school finance lawsuit, this could become the nuclear issue of the session.

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