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Janice Smith, a co-founder and former executive director of one of the state’s best known early-childhood development programs, has been named executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund.
A modified construction permit for a second coal-fired power plant near Holcomb was posted for public comment by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A revised permit is needed for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation to build the proposed plant after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled this fall that KDHE's original permit did not properly adhere to federal clean air regulations.
Last year the Department of Agriculture and the state’s top ag lobbyists began urging legislators to remove restrictions in the state's corporate farming laws, saying that would help spur jobs and economic growth. Though that effort will continue, administration officials and major ag industry lobbyists said they would not attempt to change the law this year.
The first meeting of a new regulatory panel for health information exchange in Kansas is slated for Feb. 17, nine months after the previous regulatory body was dissolved by the Legislature.
After years of legislative wrangling and last-minute patches, expectations are high among physician groups, lawmakers and Medicare beneficiaries that Congress could act this year to permanently replace the current Medicare physician payment formula. While committees in both chambers have approved their own "doc fix" proposals, the approaches have yet to be reconciled, and none have identified how they would pay for a repeal.