KS Legislative Tracker

On this page we keep track of legislation in the KS Legislature in Topeka. These are the bills we have noticed and think important to keep in mind. As always, check our more immediate feeds for information that may be more up to date: email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Contact us if you'd like us to consider a particular bill or issue.

How legislation is made in KS: Here's a brief pdf from the Kansas Legislature on how a bill becomes law (or the long version, Kansas Legislative Procedures). Basically, laws are proposed and sent to a committee, where the chair determines if it should come up. It then receives a hearing, any amendments, etc and is voted on. If passed, it goes to the floor of the main chamber. The chamber leadership decides if it comes up, and if it does, it gets debated, amended, and voted upon. If passed, it goes to the other chamber, goes through the same process. If the two chambers disagree but pass the bill, a conference committee is formed to hash out differences. The compromise bill then has to get an up or down vote in each chamber. If passed, the Governor can sign it or veto it. These are the slim basics, but there are a lot of blind alleys and secret doors and hidden staircases the legislators can use in the process.

On the veto. The Governor has a line item veto, such that he (or she) can eliminate all or part of legislation. It takes a 2/3 vote of both chambers in the Legislature to overcome a veto, so 27/40 in the KS Senate, and 84/125 in the KS House.

A note about status: No bill is ever dead in the Kansas legislature. Knowing exactly the status of a bill is an art, and one few have mastered.

Here are previous sessions: 20172016

2018 Kansas Legislative Session

January 8, 2018 - Sine die this summer

Gun Safety
Health Care Expansion
Voting Rights

Gun Safety

HB 2145 - Prohibit any person convicted of domestic violence, or under a restraining order, from lawfully possessing a firearm. MainStream supports this bill. It passed the Kansas House unanimously, and will next be heard in the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs on Feb 13.

HB 2042 - Kansas will honor concealed carry permits from other states; require permits to carry concealed on college campuses; lowers age for concealed carry permit to 18 from 21. That last measure, letting teenagers carry concealed, loaded guns, is unthinkable, and MainStream opposes this legislation. An amendment to repeal campus carry entirely was rejected. This bill will be heard in the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs on Feb 13.

Health Care Expansion

SB 38 - to expand Medicaid in Kansas (called KanCare) will receive a hearing on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2018 in the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare. MainStream supports this bill.

Voting Rights

HB 2617 - This bill would remove Kansas from the Crosscheck voter registration system, put limits on the Kansas Secretary of State's administration of that program, and enroll Kansas in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), an alternative, and better, system. The bill has been moved from the House Committee on Government, Technology and Security, to the House Committee on Elections, where it will likely see no action this session.


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