We'll learn about Governor Brownback's Executive Order 15-01, removing certain protections for LGBT state workers, with commentary from KU Law professors Rick Levy and Elinor Schroeder.
"Same-sex couples in Alabama were flocking to the state’s courthouses, where some were able to apply for marriage licenses while others were turned away by probate judges refusing to follow a higher court’s ruling to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Richard Levy, a constitutional law professor at the University of Kansas, told The Guardian that it will likely be some time before all probate judges have to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
"A legal expert contends the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to rule on same-sex marriage will determine the fate of Kansas' ban on the unions. But University of Kansas Constitutional Law Professor Richard Levy thinks the state could still fight implementation of a judgment allowing gay marriage.
Levy said, 'It’s possible that there could be various kinds of state laws passed that test exactly what the limits are, and in the process slow its recognition.'
"Governor Sam Brownback and some legislators have been saying Kansas should rewrite the funding formula used to distribute state tax dollars to K-12 schools. A court ruled last week that the state is underfunding Kansas schools. As Kansas Public Radio’s Stephen Koranda reports the decision may add more energy to the call to rewrite the school finance formula.
"Governor Sam Brownback and some legislators have been saying Kansas should rewrite the funding formula used to distribute state tax dollars to K-12 schools.
A court ruled last week that the state is underfunding Kansas schools.
As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, that decision may add more energy to the call to rewrite the school finance formula.
"In a previous ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state’s finance system should be judged by determining if the spending levels achieve certain student outcomes.
University of Kansas constitutional law professor Richard E. Levy says if lawmakers decide to tackle the formula, that’s the angle they’ll probably need to take.
'The focus is on what kind of outcomes, what demonstrated student learning have you produced. The focus is on what you’re achieving, not what you’re putting into the process,' says Levy.
"Tuesday's court ruling in the ongoing school finance lawsuit could open the door for something Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican leaders in the Legislature have long been calling for — an overhaul of the state's school finance formula.
That's the assessment of Kansas University constitutional law professor Rick Levy. But he said lawmakers should be careful to make sure any new formula is designed to produce the results that the courts are now saying are expected.
"Same sex marriages have the green light in Kansas. The U.S. Supreme Court is not going to block the marriages while the state’s lawsuit is in appeals court. Earlier a federal district judge stopped the state from enforcing its ban.. staying in line with an a federal appeals court ruling that struck down bans in Oklahoma and Utah.
Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio reported Attorney General Derek Schmidt has argued this would only affect the Kansas counties involved in the suit. University of Kansas Law Professor Richard Levy disagrees.
"The Kansas Supreme Court is considering whether a chief judge in Johnson County overstepped his bounds when he authorized same-sex marriages in the county.
The judge made the decision following the federal 10th Circuit Appeals Court ruling that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah.
The ruling did not touch the constitutional same-sex marriage ban in Kansas, but many people believe the decision also affects Kansas because it's in the same federal circuit.
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"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday authorized same-sex marriages to go forward in Kansas, lifting the stay one justice had granted on an order from a district court in Kansas City, Kan.
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