Category: Capitol Ideas

Time for bills to be processed in Topeka

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives This week in the Legis­la­tive session we are beginning to clear the calendar for turnaround. The calendar for next week has us on the floor all day Tuesday through Thursday and then off until Wednes­day, Feb. 28, to allow time for all the bills to be processed and in the proper place […]

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New bills coming out of committee

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives As we move further into February, the session has definitely picked up the pace. Bills are being kicked out of committees and will be run across the House floor soon. According to the session calendar, turn-around is less than two weeks away. That means that any non-exempt bills need to be out […]

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New governor takes charge in Topeka

This week of session has been a little different with Gov. Brownback’s resignation effective Jan. 31 and Lieutenant Governor Colyer’s swearing in the exact same day and time as Gov. Brownback’s resignation goes into effect. It is unlikely the change in the executive branch will cause an upheaval as Gov. Brownback has included Lt. Gov. Colyer in assembling the budget […]

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Process starts slowly in Topeka

The third week of the 2018 Legislative Ses­sion remains fairly slow as it takes a little time to get the process moving, but committees are meeting and some are sending bills to the House floor. As we wait for more information to be assembled on education issues, it is likely these other bills will be moved through the system. Friday, […]

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Avoiding distractions

The second week of session began with a day off for the Martin Luther King holiday. That makes the week short with only four days left to work on legislative issues. Apparently, House and Senate leadership does not want a lot of distracting issues brought up anyway. A number of bills are being introduced. I don’t know the subject matter […]

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A new session begins

The 2018 Kansas legislative session is underway. Being the second year of this biennium, much of the preliminary process has already been done last year. Normally that means a quicker start since this year simply adds to the information from last year. Commit­tees are cranking up quickly and everything should be rolling pretty well by next week. Gov. Brownback gave […]

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Veto session comes to a difficult end

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives As the veto session ends, different packages of revenue, school funding and budget have been tried and tried again. It is very difficult to find a solution to the budget and school issues that can find a majority vote and finally be resolved, either by simple majority or supermajority votes. The latest […]

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Majority votes hard to find in Legislature

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives Back in Topeka again this week. Leadership was hoping we could finish the session this week, maybe by going into the weekend, but that appears very unlikely as several items still need to be addressed. Both the Senate and House seem to be really struggling to find a majority of votes for […]

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Budget creeps forward, but state faces revenue challenges

The Legislature is back at work after the Memorial Day weekend. Even though it was a wet weekend, Memorial Day is a special day of remembrance. The Legislature is making some progress at this point. The budget details are being refined but tax proposals are slow in coming. As the session gets late, especially as we approach the first of […]

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Progress on budget, but other tasks loom

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The Legislature returned to Topeka after three weeks off. Nothing has been resolved in the time the Legislature was away except that the new revenue estimates are in and we can finish the budget based on those numbers. Several issues remain. Most of them are relatively simple and need to be finished […]

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