State and local talking points


New bill could require written parental permission before sex education in schools

The House Education Committee held a hearing on a bill Tuesday that would require school districts to obtain the parents’ written consent before distributing any sexual education material to their children, according to the Little Apple Post.

Supporters said many school districts do not properly inform the parents of potentially inappropriate materials included in the curriculum.

The bill was opposed by two pastors and a priest, who testified that the bill would deprive children of information that would be important to their health and well-being.

House and Senate vote to limit bill-bundling

Kansas lawmakers approved rules limiting the practice of bill-bundling to rush legislation to passage, which leads to sloppy lawmaking according to critics, according to the Little Apple Post.

The joint rules, approved by the House and Senate, allow for up to five bills to be bundled with an exception for tax measures.

The House voted 83-38 to approve the rules on Tuesday and the Senate approved the rules with a 27-7 vote on Monday.

RCPD briefs Law Board on Fake Patty’s Day plans

The Riley County Law board received an update from the Riley County Police Department about their expectations for the upcoming Fake Patty’s Day celebration at their meeting on Tuesday, according to the Little Apple Post.

According to Capt. Josh Kyle of the RCPD, Manhattan sees 2.5 times the amount of citizen calls and reports filed between the Friday before Fake Patty’s Day to the Sunday evening the day after. The period also sees four times the amount of physical arrests and 16 times the amount of citations issued.

RCPD plans to bring in other agencies from around the state and partner officers from other jurisdictions with RCPD officers in a support role in bike and foot patrols.

The City of Manhattan, emergency responders and the RCPD will also running a social media campaign informing those attending the celebrations about the rules and regulations. Open drinking in the streets of Aggieville will still not be allowed.