Category: Capitol Ideas

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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State budget and formula for school funding loom large

by Rep. Don Schroeder Ka•sas House of Represe•tatives As we begin this week of the legislative session, the reality is that most committee work will end on Friday. After that, the planner says “on floor all day” for next week. Then, the first week of April is reserved for conference committees to meet and vote on those reports with first […]

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Big challenges ahead in last half of session

Many issues remain unresolved as we move beyond the mid-point of the legislative session. Remaining issues are the 2017 budget as well as the 2018 and 2019 budgets, school funding formulas, and determining the amount of funding required for the budget. It seems that absolutely everything revolves around whether there is available funding this year. The Senate took up the […]

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Court decision on schools raises the stakes

As we return to legislative session this week, the main topic of discussion is the release of the Supreme Court decision on schools. The decision does not put specific numbers on how much the Legislature needs to spend on public K-12 education, but rather spells out that more needs to be spent to improve the education and test scores, especially […]

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Legislature may need extended session

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The Legislature is near the halfway point on the calendar, but that does not mean the work is half done. As we move past turnaround, the pace picks up. We still need to get the 2018 and 2019 budgets finished and many Senate bills and conference reports voted on after turnaround. We […]

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