Media Coverage: KTLA's members and issues in the news
Kansas Chamber backs judicial raises, Sunflower State Journal, May 6, 2021
Blake Shuart: Underfunding of Kansas courts affects us all, Wichita Eagle, April 30, 2021
Who pays if Kansas doesn’t fund its court system adequately? You, eventually, Kansas City Star, April 30, 2021

Judicial salary upgrade, replacement of fee revenue hang in legislative balance,  Kansas Reflector, April 27, 2021 
Opioid crisis in Kansas has experts asking: Who will decide allocation of McKinsey settlement money?, Salina Journal and Topeka Capital-Journal, April 3, 2021
House OK’s AG-Opioid defense plan, Hawver Capitol Report, March 29, 2021

The House this morning forwarded to a final action vote Tuesday a bill that would hand Attorney General/GOP gubernatorial nomination contender Derek Schmidt virtual total control over the state’s prosecution of manufacturers and traffickers of deadly opioid drugs.

The House bill proposes to prevent cities from raising their own lawsuits for damages caused by excessive use of opioids, and having the state do that prosecution, either singly or as part of a national lawsuit. Lawsuits filed after Jan. 1 by cities would have to be canceled under the bill.

Damages from successful litigation against those drug manufacturers – essentially similar to the cigarette manufacturers’ era of the 1980s – could yield millions of dollars that would be distributed to cities and counties by a state panel which would be headed by Schmidt. The bill was challenged by the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, which maintains that cities and counties have the power now to prosecute those opioid makers and know better the local costs that use of opioids have caused.

Kansas Lawmakers Look to Extend COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses, Insurance Journal, March 4, 2021
Kansas lawmakers look to protect businesses, debate vaccines, KAKE TV in Wichita, March 2, 2021
With their budget affected by the pandemic, Kansas courts are asking for pay raises, Topeka Capital-Journal and Salina Journal, February 22, 2021

Nursing home advocate: Kansas’ weak COVID-19 legal protections ‘demoralizing punishment’, Kansas Reflector, February 7, 2021
Kansas adult care homes could get COVID-19 legal immunity, Topeka Capital-Journal, February 3, 2021
Secret document lists locations of Kansas coronavirus outbreaks. Here’s what it says, Kansas City Star, June 7, 2020

Federal public defender, Bar Association defend Folsom, Sunflower State Journal, June 5, 2020
Supporters push bipartisan coronavirus plan through Kansas Legislature, Lawrence Journal World, June 4, 2020
KTLA urges lawmakers to remove section of new COVID-19 relief bill, WIBW TV in Topeka, June 4, 2020
As Kansas gets back to work, are we risking workers?, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 2, 2020
 
    Also published in the Leavenworth Times, June 2, 2020
Kansas lawyers against proposed business protections from COVID-19 lawsuits, WIBW TV in Topeka, May 20, 2020
Kansas Lawmakers May Take Up Coronavirus Liability Laws When Session Resumes Thursday
, Kansas Public Radio, May 20, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) — Lawmakers will return to the Kansas Statehouse Thursday to wrap up the legislative session. Among other things, legislators will likely consider coronavirus liability protections for health care providers and businesses.  Health care providers want to be protected from lawsuits over procedures that were delayed because of the pandemic, and businesses don’t want to be sued by customers who claim they got sick at the business.  David Morantz, with the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, told senators they should avoid making any changes to law because they could end up protecting something like a nursing home that didn’t do enough to prevent the spread of the virus.  “Why would we pass a proposal that would let them off the hook for that?" Morantz said, "That doesn’t make any sense at this time.”  Business groups say the virus can spread even if companies do everything right, so they shouldn’t be held liable if they took necessary precautions.

Blake Shuart: COVID-19 liability immunity is a bad idea, The Wichita Eagle, May 20, 2020
David Morantz: Proposal to shield business from liability puts Kansans at risk
, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 17, 2020
Kansans won’t have needed protections if lawmakers rush to limit coronavirus liability, Kansas City Star, May 15, 2020

Kansas considers bill to shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, KMBC TV in Kansas City, May 13, 2020
Kansas lawmakers look to prevent lawsuits over coronavirus, Associated Press, May 13, 2020
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      Kansas lawmakers look to prevent coronavirus-related lawsuits, Lawrence Journal-World, May 12, 2020
       
Kansas lawmakers look to prevent lawsuits over coronavirus, Manhattan Mercury, May 12, 2020

KS business community seeks protection from covid-19 related lawsuits, WIBW TV in Topeka, May 8, 2020
Potential law to offer protection to business owners against coronavirus-related lawsuits
, KSNT in Topeka, May 8, 2020
As stay-home orders lift, what options are there if workers don’t want to return?, The Wichita Eagle, May 3, 2020

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