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. And check the Legislature's official Senate and House Actions Report, updated regularly.

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: 201820172016


2019 Kansas Legislative Session

January 14, 2019 - Sine die this summer


Budget, Taxes, and Financing the business of the State
Public Education Finance
Health Care Expansion
Other Bills of Note


Budget, Taxes, and Financing the business of the State

Governor Kelly's proposed budget includes money for several of the state obligation, fully funds public education in compliance with the Kansas Supreme Court, reduces reliance on KDOT funds, and leaves a budget surplus for emergencies. It does so by re-amortizing the KPERS funding long delayed by former Gov. Brownback's administration.

  • Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget invests in Medicaid, education and state worker raises - Topeka CJ

  • SB9 - To immediately repay $115 million in delayed payments to KPERS. This bill is sponsored by Senators Baumgardner, Alley, Billinger, Braun, Denning, Estes, Goddard, Hilderbrand, Kerschen, Lynn, Masterson, Olson, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook,
    Rucker, Suellentrop, Tyson, Wilborn, whose collective MainStream score averages to 16%.
  • SB13 - To change Kansas tax code to further reduce taxes paid by the wealthiest Kansans, by "returning" the taxes taken away by the Federal tax "cuts" in 2018. The sponsors of this bill, Senators Tyson, Alley, Baumgardner, Estes, Goddard, Hilderbrand, Lynn, Masterson, Olson, Petersen, Suellentrop, Wilborn, amount to an average MainStream score of 13%.
  • SB22 - This is a tax bill created by Sen. Wagle (7%) to "return the tax windfall" but will turn back the tax reforms passed in 2017 covering individuals and corporations, after the sea change election of 2016. She created her own Senate Select Committee on Federal Tax Code Implementation, appointed herself as chair, and is trying to push the bill through.
    • From Mark Desetti, "What would SB 22 cost in lost revenue? KDOR estimates that passage of SB 22 would reduce revenue by $191.6 million in 2020; $112.8 million in 2021; and $117.8 million in 2022. All $ which could be used to fund schools, roads, social services, etc."
  • HB2121 - Supplemental appropriations for FY 2019, FY 2020, FY 2021, FY 2022, FY 2023 and FY 2024 for various state agencies.
  • HB2122 - Appropriations for FY 2020, FY 2021 and FY 2022 for various state agencies.
  • HB2128 - Decreasing the sales and use tax rate on food and food ingredients.
  • Also see SCR1601, HB2141, HB2261SB72, SB73, SB75, SB76,

Public Education & Finance

Governor Kelly is proposing to fully fund public school education, as required by the Kansas Supreme Court, keeping the finance plan adopted last year and approved by the Court.

  • HB 2078 and SB44 - Gov. Kelly's school finance plan.
  • HB2106 - Increasing the BASE aid under the Kansas school equity and enhancement act and making appropriations for the department of education.
  • HB2150 - Enacting the Kansas hope scholarship act.
  • HB2233 - This bill would require public schools to divert money from other programs to provide school supply funds, instead of acknowledging the problem and providing more funding for the purpose. Kansas schools are already among the most efficient in the country, and this unfunded mandate will hurt existing programs.
  • Also see SB1SB47, SB52HB2145, HB2183, HB2288

Health Care

KanCare expansion came within three votes of overriding Gov. Brownback's veto in 2017, but got no traction last year (with the same lawmakers in the Legislature...). This year, Gov. Kelly has convened a team to explore how to get expansion accomplished.


Other Bills of Note

There are a number of other bills covering issues Kansans care about. Here are some of them.

Children and Families

  • SB37 - Requiring a duly ordained minister of religion or an employee of or volunteer for a religious organization to report certain abuse and neglect of children.
  • HB2025 - Including a person who has filed a petition for adoption in the definition of an interested party in the child in need of care code.

Employment

  • HB2060 - Repealing prohibition on municipal regulation of paid leave for employees.
  • HB2061 - Repealing prohibition on municipal regulation of minimum wages.

Guns

  • SB8 - Purchase of a firearm; three-day waiting period, background check.
  • SB80 - Increasing the criminal penalty for criminal possession of a weapon by a felon and adding ammunition to the definition of weapon.
  • HB2036 - Repeal of prohibition on use of state appropriated moneys to lobby on gun control issues.
  • HB2111 - Requirements for the sale of firearms at gun shows or over the internet.
  • HB2129 - Creating the gun safety red flag act.

Justice Reform

  • SB21 - Abolishing the death penalty and creating the crime of aggravated murder.
  • SB37 - Requiring a duly ordained minister of religion or an employee of or volunteer for a religious organization to report certain abuse and neglect of children.
  • SB103 - Increasing criminal penalties for hate crimes.
  • HB2079 - Removing the spousal exception from sexual battery.
  • HB2208 - Creating the crime of sexual extortion.

LGBTQ+ Rights

  • SB84 - Amending the Kansas act against discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
  • HB2130 - Amending the Kansas act against discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
  • HB2164 - Repealing the adoption protection act.
  • HB2320 - Enacting the marriage and constitution restoration act, a ridiculous, hateful bill to limit the rights of LGBTQ+ Kansans.

Transparency

  • SB3 - Election commissioners of large counties to be appointed by board of county commissioners instead of by secretary of state.
  • SB51 - Governmental ethics: two-year restriction on lobbying by former elected and appointed state officials.
  • HB2010 - Lobbying restrictions; certain elected state officers and executive staff.
  • HB2067 - Providing for audio and video broadcasts of legislative meetings.
  • HB2069 - Providing certain requirements regarding the taking of minutes of legislative committees.
  • HB2219 - Requiring bodies subject to the Kansas open meetings act to record proceedings and make the recordings available to the public.

Elections/Voting

  • SB43 - Elections; registration; election day registration. (Sponsored by Senators Pettey, Bollier, Doll, Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hawk, Hensley, Holland, Miller, Skubal, Sykes, Ware = average 97%)
  • SB105 - Elections; cities; date for taking office.
  • SB115 - Interstate compact on the agreement among the states to elect the president by national popular vote.
  • SB129 - Allow voters to vote at any polling place within a county if approved by the county election officer.
  • SB130 - Permit persons voting an advance ballot to correct a signature deficiency prior to the final canvass.
  • HB2018 and HB2042 - Removing power of secretary of state to prosecute election crimes.
  • HB2090 - Automatic Voter Registration, "Voter registration; departments of aging and disability services; children and families; labor and state board of education."
  • HB2091 - Allowing early voting in person at least 10 days prior to an election.
  • HB2092 - Allowing voter registration on election day.
  • HB2189 - Elections; voting provisional ballot allowed when voter moves to a new county without reregistering.

Women's Reproductive Health

  • HCR5004 - Proposition to amend section 1 of the Kansas bill of rights regarding equal rights for all human life. Sponsored by Reps. Garber, Awerkamp, Bergquist, Blex, Burris, Carpenter W., Dove, Ellis, Eplee, Highland, Hoffman, Huebert, Jacobs, Resman, Rhiley, Seiwert, Smith A, Smith E, Tarwater, Thimesch, Vickrey, who amount to an average *M score of 16%.
  • HB2107 - Requiring full reimbursement for contraceptive prescriptions.
  • HB2124 - Requiring health insurance plans to cover contraceptives.

Other

  • HB2321 - Creating the optional elevated marriage act.
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