Category: Capitol Ideas

Committees pick up pace for turnaround

As we approach turnaround next week, committees are going into overdrive to get bills out to the House and Senate floors. An extremely full week of committee hearings occurred to meet the deadlines set in the Legislative calendar. To begin the week, the Appropriations Committee worked and passed the Public Municipal Investment Board (PMIB), also known as the unclaimed property […]

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Statehouse mood less optimistic now

Kansas House of Representatives The mood around the Statehouse is not as optimistic as it was at the beginning of the session, but legislators are still anticipating some good work during this time. Committees continue to meet regularly and are watching the calendar to make sure they finish their work on time. Many keep asking about the plan to balance […]

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Legislature searching budget revenue

Kansas House of Representatives Despite the quick start to the 2017 legislative session, things seem to be settling in and slowing down. Not that unusual as it takes time to fit many puzzle pieces together. In other words, it becomes something of a waiting game to see what comes first. A couple of items of interest have recently occurred. Yesterday, […]

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Ideas surfacing to fix 2017 budget shortfall

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The tone here in Topeka remains optimistic as we move deeper into the 2017 session. However, the reality of the job ahead is settling in as seasoned and new members of the Legislature are grappling with the job of fixing the large current year budget imbalance and look ahead to the 2018 […]

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Bills now rolling in for consideration

On Week 2 of the 2017 Kansas Legislative session, several issues began rolling through. First was the House and Senate passing the change in voter laws that aligned state law with federal law. This is needed by the possible appointment of Congressman Mike Pompeo (Wichita) as the CIA director for President Trump. Work has also begun in earnest on taxation, […]

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Balancing the budget a looming challenge

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The 2017 Kansas Legis­la­tive session is underway. All House and Senate members have been sworn into office and the respective House and Senate leadership positions were selected over a month ago. In the House, the speaker is Rep. Ryckman (Olathe) and the majority leader is Rep. Hineman (Dighton). The House minority leader […]

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Medicare increases are a budget burden

The 2016 legislative session convened with several issues to resolve before we can see final adjournment. The wrap-up was short, with the goal to adjourn before any additional court decisions come forward. By this time in the session, we mostly vote on non-controversial conference committee reports. However, we also vote on a budget and some of the conference reports were […]

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Legislature reaches first adjournment

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The end of this week brings us to first adjournment. The Legislature has first adjournment scheduled for Friday. We finished today, Thursday. Nearly all committee meetings, except for Tax and Appropriations, are finished. Mainly the conference committees are meeting to work out differences between the Senate and House positions. On Monday, we […]

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No action may be a good thing in Topeka

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives While the calendar is moving by quickly, the number of bills being worked is still on the low side. Some may think that is a bad thing, but remember that no action means things stay as they are with no change?which may be a good thing. Several issues are beginning to come […]

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State unclear about equity for schools

This is the first full week after turnaround. Some committees have begun to seriously look at Senate bills and some committees are finished, or nearly finished with their work for the session. Most of the budget subcommittees are finished and may not meet again this session. I understand the Educa?tion budget committee chair has introduced a bill in Appropriations committee […]

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