Articles by John Hanna

Schlitterbahn Co-Owner Arrested, Added to Kansas Waterslide Death Indictment

A water park company’s co-owner was being held in a Texas jail on murder and other charges on March 27 in connection to a Kansas criminal case in the death of a 10-year-old boy on what was promoted as the …

Trial Over Bias Claim Against Kansas Secretary of State Kobach’s Office Begins

A former employee in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office alleges in a lawsuit headed to trial on Aug. 21 that she was fired because she didn’t go to church enough. Kobach — who until the middle of 2016 …

State Regulation Limited for Kansas Water Park

The huge Kansas City, Kan., waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy died was built in a state known for its light regulation of amusement park rides, and the company lobbied legislators to help ensure that it remained responsible for its …

Kansas Revenues in March Boosted by Insurance Premium Tax

Kansas came close last month to hitting its target for tax collections, and the shortfall of less than $2 million reported represented relatively good news after a winter of gloomy budget developments. Sales tax collections — disappointing for months — …

Kansas Extends Wastewater Injection Limits Until at Least Mid-March

Oil and gas industry restrictions meant to decrease the frequency and intensity of earthquakes in south-central Kansas will remain in place until at least March 2016, state regulators have decided. The Kansas Corporation Commission issued an order extending limits on …

Incoming Kansas Insurance Regulator Wants More Competition in State

The accountant and industry executive taking over as Kansas’ top insurance regulator next month says creating a more robust market is a top goal and argues that greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul. Insurance Commissioner-elect …

Kansas House Rejects Change in Personal Injury Evidence Rules

A business-backed proposal to change court evidence rules failed on March 21 in the Kansas House before members gave first-round approval to a bill increasing the damages allowed in personal injury lawsuits. The measure advanced by the House on a …

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Isolated Within GOP

Sandy Praeger is approaching her final year as Kansas insurance commissioner with a national reputation for expertise on health care issues and a lengthy, unbroken string of election victories as a Republican in a GOP-leaning state. But after winning three …

Kansas House Chairman Running for Insurance Post

The Kansas House Insurance Committee’s longtime chairman is running for insurance commissioner, becoming the fourth declared candidate for next year’s Republican primary. Rep. Clark Shultz of McPherson said that one of his main goals as commissioner would be ensuring that …

Kansas City-Area Insurance Exec Seeks GOP Nod for Commissioner Post

A certified public accountant from Leawood who’s also an insurance industry executive has launched a campaign for the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner. Ken Selzer announced that he’s running for the regulatory position, and he’ll face at least two …