Category: Capitol Ideas

Legislators have lots of issues to address

This is scheduled to be the last week of the regular legislative session for 2015. Often it seems as though time goes slowly, but suddenly the end of the session is here. Budget and tax issues are still not completely settled, so work continues on those issues when we return. Normally only the Appropriations and Tax committees meet during this […]

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Committees still processing new bills

This is the last week that non-exempt committees can meet, so the session has begun to wind down. A number of will be bills passed out of committees yet, so the list will grow. Currently, more than 40 bills await full House action. Several bills that have been high profile are not on the list, but that does not mean […]

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Block-grant bill has both good and bad

As I look at the legislative calendar, this is already week nine for the session. Obviously, things are moving along as the days are getting longer and spring is in the air. Our calendar says it is only two weeks until the scheduled end of regular session, known as first adjournment. The budget is coming along and, if everything goes […]

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Legislators gear up for second-half push

The mid-point of session, known as turnaround, is now past and we can move on to the next phase of the legislative process. In the House, we only have a couple of weeks to consider Senate bills and then the process of conference committees begins. Conference committees work out differences between Senate and House versions of bills and the bills […]

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Not a lot of answers at turnaround week

This was turnaround week. We were on the floor all day Wednesday and Thursday. Because it took so long to adopt rules, we have not had much action on the floor until last week, so the backlog of bills waiting action is large, about 80 of them. Not all of them will see action this week but those that do […]

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Committees keeping guv’s wishes intact

As the pace is picking up for this session, issues become more difficult to follow. Committees are kicking out bills rapidly now and the number of bills waiting floor action is large. Bills continue to be introduced, although at this point they must go through an exempt committee rather than a regular committee. Exempt committees are Appropriations and Taxation, which […]

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Few ideas surfacing for budget solution

For some reason, the atmosphere seems to be changed slightly in the Capitol this week, perhaps because the rescission budget was passed and signed by the governor. Now we can move on to the regular budget issues for 2016 and 2017. The budget hole is large for 2016, and if anyone has a good idea how to fill the gap, […]

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Rescission bill shifts funds to address debt

We have had a couple of interesting days already this week as the rescission bill was passed out of committee Monday. A rescission bill cuts budgets and moves money around to balance the current-year budget. The full House voted Tuesday to pass it. The Senate agreed to on Thursday. This year, the bill to balance the current year budget is […]

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Solution for budget impossible to know

by Don Schroeder As we approach the end of January, committees are meeting and sorting through about 125 bills introduced in the Senate and 175 introduced in the House to this point. The deadline for introducing bills is just over two weeks away. Budget issues continue to weigh on everyone’s mind. At the forum in Moundridge, several questions were asked […]

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KDOT targeted for $413M funding cut

by Don Schroeder Week 2 of the legislative session has come and gone. Probably because of a concerted effort of the speaker and the Senate president, things are moving faster this year, but we have a long way to go. Budget issues are on everyone’s mind. Most of the regular committees and the budget subcommittees will meet next week. When […]

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