Category: Opinion

Regular session ends with a rush of voting

The last week of regular session started slowly but ended with many conference committee reports to vote on before first adjournment. We had two days off last week while conference committees were supposed to meet. Few conference committees took place so that simply put more work into this week. The only regular committees that continue to meet are the exempt […]

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Finish line in sight for 2013 legislative work

It seems we actually are nearing the finish line of the 2013 legislative session. While being optimistic about nearing the end of a fast-paced session, we are not yet finished. Many bills need to go through the conference committee process to reconcile the House and Senate versions of those bills. This week we spent long days on the House floor […]

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Days filled reviewing House bills and budget

Kansas House of Representatives At this time we have only two weeks left in regular session and things move very fast. It becomes almost impossible to follow bills and issues. I spend a fair amount of time simply looking up bills to see what has happened, and to find out if the bill numbers have changed. That is something that […]

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History buff to speak on homesteading

Former Denver Seminary professor and history buff Jim Beck of Wakefield will talk about homesteading during his presentation at Lifelong Learning Friday at Tabor College. The session will begin at 9:45 a.m. March 15 in the Wohlge?muth Music Education Center. Beck?s presentation will be based on his recent book, ?Toward a More Perfect Union: The Settlement of Union Town?ship, Clay […]

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Legislature begins second half of session with fast-paced agenda

After a two-day break for turnaround, we are back in Topeka and beginning the second half of session. Only a month remains in regular session so the time for committee hearings, working and passing bills will proceed at a very quick pace. The plan this year is to pass only one budget bill rather than practice the past practice of […]

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Court authority for school funding has rural roots

A proposal to amend the constitution is gaining traction, and a resolution passed out of the Kansas Senate attempts to clarify that funding of public education should be solely the responsibility of the Legislature. A few days ago I came across some interesting background on this issue. Article 6b of the constitution says, ?The Legis?lature shall make suitable provision for […]

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Snow slowed legislative committee schedules

The weather has certainly thrown a wrench in the gears as the legislative process reaches the halfway point. The snow caused cancellation of session Thursday and Friday last week and we began session two hours late Tuesday. I?m not complaining as snow provides some great moisture that is much needed. Taking two days off session has upset committee schedules. That […]

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Taxes and budget top state agenda in Topeka

The legislative session keeps grinding on. Many relatively minor issues are being worked on but the main issues, taxes and budget, are making slow progress. The budget process actually shows more promise than the tax issues. The budget is so complex that hearings and work has to continue to make the 80, or even the 90-day, deadline. Budget sub-committees are […]

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Session nears ?turn-around? point

As we finish the fifth week of the 2013 legislative session, the time to introduce bills has come to an end. We still have another week to work bills in committees before turn-around. Turn-around is the half-way point in the session when the House and Senate exchange bills. House committees will primarily work Senate bills from this point until the […]

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Governor pushing hard for zero income tax
Governor pushing hard for zero income tax

Governor pushing hard for zero income tax

DonSchroederOfficalMug As the session wears on into the fourth week, we are seeing some action in committees and on the floor of the House and Senate. The hope is the session this year can be brought to an end in 80 days. Resolution of the tax and budget issues will determine whether 80 days is sufficient, or if more time […]

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