You might have read in news accounts that among all the school closings this week, the Kansas Legislature also did not meet for two days, making for a rather slow week in terms of activity, both in committee and the House floor.
Happy Birthday to Kansas! This week, we celebrated the 153rd Birthday of our great state with some notable events at the newly-renovated State Capitol.
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday and the Kansas Republican Convention on Friday, this past week was a shorter one in terms of legislative business. However, we did have one vote and the committee process continued.
The Kansas Legislature has returned for the 2014 Legislative Session this past Monday with auspicious beginnings. Committees began meeting soon after.
I am pleased to report that the special session of the Kansas Legislature lasted just two days. I am proud of our quick efforts to get to Topeka, do the job we were sent to do, and get back to our districts quickly, thus minimizing the cost to the taxpayer.
The Kansas Legislature will return tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3, 2013, for a rare special session, called by Governor Brownback at the request of Attorney General Derek Schmidt a few weeks ago in order to revise K.S.A. Supp. 21-6620, otherwise known as the Kansas “Hard 50” sentence. This past week I attended the Special Committee on the Judiciary that drafted legislation to address this issue.
The official end of the session has finally arrived! Yes, Sine Die was on Thursday, marking the official end of what was a very long legislative session. While the ultimate length of the session was indeed frustrating, the good news is we achieved some important progress on key issues that I believe will make Kansas a better place to live and run a business.
We’re getting close – now 10 days into the veto session, we are getting to a point where decisions will have to be made on both the taxes and the budget – the two remaining items that are preventing us from adjourning for the year.
We’re home! I’m happy to announce the regular portion of my first session in the legislature is now complete, and the last week proved to be as busy as expected. The House and our counterparts in the Senate passed a number of conference committee reports including on issues such as promoting a culture of life, protecting 2nd Amendment rights, providing affordable health insurance, and reforming our state unemployment system.
As far as our legislative activities in Topeka go, last week was quite brief in length (just two days) but not in content, as we voted on a large number of bills as we advance toward first adjournment, which is Friday, April 5. We adjourned late Tuesday evening to give staff time to prepare for the various conference committees that are meeting to work out the difference between House and Senate versions of the legislation we have passed.