Archives for February 2016

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Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would let the governor halt refugee resettlement in communities that don’t have the law enforcement or health care services to handle the newcomers. Supporters say the state needs to be cautious about potential threats of terrorism, but critics call the measure anti-Muslim. Under the bill, which got a hearing last week, a community could request a moratorium on resettlement from the Department for Children and Families and the governor if it were unable to provide services to those arriving.

Tobacco Sale To be Prohibited To Anyone Under 21 In Iola

People under the age of 21 will no longer be able to buy tobacco products of any kind in Iola. Discussion at yesterday’s city council meeting was intense. A new ordinance will take effect June 1st and it only affects the sale of tobacco. People over 18, but under 21 will still be legally allowed to use and possess tobacco products. The new ordinance will also include e cigarrettes and vaping products. The vote was 6-1 in favor of the ordinance. Iola becomes the third city in Kansas to enact such a ban.