Kansas 2008 ballot news archive

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==So far, no statewide ballot measures==

As of May 6, as the Kansas State Legislature prepares to wrap up its current legislative session, the legislature has not referred any statewide ballot measures to the November ballot.

USD 259 dances around bond issue

May 6, 2008. The Wichita school bond election (2008) or USD 259 (Unified School District 259) in Wichita, Kansas, is under fire for delaying a vote on a $350 million school bond issue.Maybe district should re-think bond question

Limits on citizen-petitioned grand juries in Kansas

May 7, 2008: The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on May 6 that a citizen-petitioned grand jury can proceed to investigate George Tiller's Women's Healthcare Services clinic, but must do so with oversight from a trial judge.

7,000 signatures had been collected to impanel a grand jury in Wichita by Troy Newman of Operation Rescue West. The grand jury impanelled through this process issued a subpoena to the Tiller abortion clinic seeking 2,000 medical records. This action of the grand jury was contested by lawyers for the abortion clinic, leading to May's ruling from the Kansas high court.

In January 2008, the Tiller grand jury issued a subpoena for records of every woman at least 22 weeks pregnant who had received or sought an abortion at the clinic for the past five years.

The opinion of the court said, "The court should satisfy itself that the grand jury has not engaged in an arbitrary fishing expedition" and imposed oversight by a judge of the inquisitive grand jury in order to ensure future compliance with the high court's view of the matter.[1]


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