KS Senate Votes to Approve Additional NBAF Bonds

May 14, 2013

The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would issue $200 million in additional state bonds to help pay for a federal research lab to be built in Manhattan.

Gov's Office Lobbies For NBAF Bond Support

May 9, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback's chief of staff says the latest cost estimates for a new, national biosecurity lab and commitments from federal officials about its funding are "pretty solid."

Kansas GOP Conservatives Balk At More Bonds For Lab

Apr 26, 2013

Conservative Republican senators are pushing back at Gov. Sam Brownback's request that Kansas issue $202 million dollars more in bonds to help finance construction of a federal bio-security lab

Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee heard the pitch Thursday from Landon Fulmer, the governor's chief of staff.

Fulmer says the bonding request represented the last money that Kansas would have to contribute to building the $1.15 billion dollar National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University.

$714M For Manhattan Biosecurity Lab In Obama's Budget

Apr 11, 2013
Bryan Thompson / KPR

President Obama's 2014 budget proposal includes more than $700 million for NBAF, the state-of-the-art biosecurity lab planned for Manhattan, adjacent to Kansas State University.

In response to the budget announcement, Gov. Sam Brownback immediately pledged to work with lawmakers during the upcoming veto session to approve state bonds to help complete the lab.

The president is asking for an additional $202 million in state support for the project.

The logjam over federal funding for a state-of-the-art animal disease laboratory at Kansas State University is on the verge of breaking, according to Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.

Top Morning News 2.20.13

Feb 20, 2013

Kansas senator expecting announcement on NBAF; Action expected on school funding formula; Gas explosion destroys restaurant in KC.

Sen. Roberts Anticipates NBAF 'Breakthrough'

The stalemate over federal funding for a state-of-the-art animal disease laboratory at Kansas State may soon be over.


Panel OKs School Amendment

Fed Panel Supports KS Biosecurity Lab Project

Jul 16, 2012
Department of Homeland Security /

A government-backed research panel says the Department of Homeland Security should continue with its plans for a bio-security lab in Kansas but consider ways to reduce costs.

A study released by the National Research Council Friday says the need for the $1.14 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan hasn’t diminished since the project was first conceived.

But the council says Homeland Security has options: It could continue with the current plan, reduce the size and scope of the project and distribute its work among research centers around the country.