It’s always an eventful week when you pass a budget and a tax plan, and that is exactly what happened this week in the House. We are now ten weeks into the legislative session and making great progress towards finishing our work on time.
This past week much of the progress was in committees, where the House Appropriations Committee passed a budget and the House Taxation Committee passed an income tax reform plan. I’ll address taxes in more detail.
We returned to the session on Wednesday after a 4-day weekend following “Turnaround.” Now, as the word indicates, we turnaround and start primarily working on legislation the Senate has passed and we now must consider in the House. There are some bills that are exceptions to that rule.
We have made it to “Turnaround” and I write this newsletter in the midst of our four-day break before we return to session on Wednesday. This week, as expected, we debated and voted on a multitude of bills, several of which I will describe in full.
As you might have heard, the snow shut down the legislature completely on Thursday and abbreviated many of the activities on Friday, so this week’s report is more limited in news. With Tuesday’s impending weather, there is a possibility of further delays. This week is a critical one, given the legislative point of “turnaround” is looming on Friday, March 1.
We have now come upon the end of our fifth week in the legislature and the action previously reserved for the committee process has now begun to reach the floor.
We have reached the end of the fourth week of the legislative session. With the deadline for introducing most bills nearly upon us, each committee has been busy hearing testimony and sending various pieces of legislation to the floor. While this week did not include any votes on major legislation, we did pass a couple of items, which I will address below. Before doing so, I did want to talk more about a couple of items before the legislature this session – the Second Amendment and education.
Thank you for taking time to read the first edition of my legislative newsletter. I look forward to informing you about our progress throughout my first session in Topeka. It is truly an honor to represent the 39th District! First of all, I’d like to briefly recap the first two weeks…
Legislative business for week one is complete. I was sworn in on Monday with the other Representatives, and the main event Tuesday was Governor Brownback’s State of the State Address to a joint session of the legislature.