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Two anti-abortion groups that lobbied lawmakers during the last session are shopping new legislation for introduction this month, and at least one senator is working on a bill of her own.

Sen. Annette Dubas, of Fullerton, says she’s preparing legislation that would limit insurance coverage for abortions under the federal health care overhaul.

Under the reform law, private plans in new insurance markets opening in 2014 can cover abortion, but payment must come from enrollees themselves, not from federal tax credits that will be offered to make premiums more affordable. Part of the law allows states to restrict abortion coverage by those private plans.


Governor’s race looms over legislative session

FRANKFORT | All signs point to a tension-filled 2011 legislative session, thanks to an acrimonious governor’s race involving two of the state’s political heavyweights.

Posturing has already begun between Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is seeking re-election, and Republican Senate President David Williams, who wants the state’s top job for himself.

The gubernatorial matchup had given the upcoming legislative session the feel of a political showdown, with Mr. Williams taking shots at Mr. Beshear weeks ahead of the Tuesday start date.

Mr. Beshear challenged Mr. Williams to put his gubernatorial aspirations on hold until the legislative sessions ends in late March.

“There’s plenty of time to run the governor’s race after the session is over with,” Mr. Beshear told reporters in a year-end interview.

Mr. Williams dismissed Mr. Beshear’s challenge, telling reporters that the first-term governor won’t honor the challenge himself.


GOP planning long-term rule

TOPEKA | Coming off its first clean sweep of congressional and statewide races in Kansas since 1964, the state Republican Party has drafted a plan for maintaining that dominance in politics for at least another decade.

The state GOP wants to increase its already large majorities in both houses of the Legislature, boost the percentage of voters who register Republican, set up a farm system that recruits business leaders early as potential candidates and hold quarterly forums to connect business leaders and party activists with elected officials.

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