This week marked the fifth week of session. The Senate held floor debate on Tuesday and Wednesday and passed out eleven pieces of legislation. Our Committees will continue to meet through next week then work the bills passed out of committees on the Senate Floor before turnaround when the bills voted on in the Senate are sent to the House. The House bills voted on and passed on the House floor are in turn sent to the Senate for more review and hearings. To date, we have passed out fifteen Senate bills with seventeen Senate Confirmations votes for agencies and boards positions.
GOVERNOR COLYER’S FIRST ADDRESS TO KANSAS LEGISLATURE
On Wednesday Governor Jeff Colyer gave his first address to the joint Kansas legislature. His speech took place exactly one week after he was inaugurated into office. He praised legislators for their service to Kansas and pointed out issues they have been tackling such as sexual harassment and government transparency. Governor Colyer talked about the major issues facing the legislature this year and divided them into three categories: reform, jobs, and education. He also discussed the four executive orders he signed Thursday to increase transparency within the executive branch. Like Governor Brownback did at the State of the State in January, Governor Colyer expressed the need for an end to the constant education lawsuits in Kansas.
KANSAS MONEY TRANSMITTER ACT: Senate Bill 284 modifies the Kansas Money Transmitter Act.
STATE BANKING CODE: Senate Bill 283 would amend several sections of the State Banking Code. One of those changes being that on and after July 1, 2018, the bill would amend the requirement that a person proposing to acquire control, or a bank or trust company undertaking a merger transaction, submit an application 60 days prior to the proposed change of control or merger transaction.
30-DAY PRIOR NOTICE REQUIREMENT PROVIDED TO A MEMBER BEFORE EXPULSION FROM A CREDIT UNION: Senate Bill 292 adjusts law relating to the expulsion of credit union members. The bill would authorize the president, general manager, or any other credit union employee designated by the board of directors to expel a credit union member from the credit union under certain circumstances.
PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD: Senate Resolution 1762 is a resolution recognizing that pornography is a public health hazard that leads to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.
US-50 HIGHWAY FORD COUNTY: Senate Bill 256 designates a portion of US-50 in Ford County, from the east city limits of Dodge City to 118 Road (near the city of Wright), as the SGT Gregg Steimel and PFC Richard Conrardy Memorial Highway.
CHANGES TO THE STATE BANKING CODE: Senate Bill 335 would amend and create law to incorporate savings and loan associations and savings banks into the State Banking Code. The bill would repeal the existing Savings and Loan Code.
REPEALING THE PROHIBITION ON SATURDAY PROCESS SERVICE: Senate Bill 288 repeals the statute making it a misdemeanor, subject to a fine of $100, imprisonment in the county jail up to 30 days, or both, thus allowing court papers to be served on Saturdays.
UPDATING SUBSTANCES INCLUDED IN UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT: SB 282 adds several drugs and modifies drug classes to the schedules of controlled substances.
JOINT LEGISLATIVE TRANSPORTATION TASK FORCE: Substitute Senate Bill 285 would establish the Joint Legislative Transportation Task Force (Task Force) to study Kansas’ transportation system.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES CONCERNING APPLICANTS: Senate Bill 180 creates a process for disclosure of a law enforcement officer applicant’s files if the candidate has been employed by another state or local law enforcement agency or governmental agency.
NONDISCRIMINATION OF ORGAN TRANSPLANTS: House Bill 2343 creates new law regarding nondiscrimination in access to organ transplants for individuals with disabilities.
KANSAS AMUSEMENT RIDE ACT
On Tuesday, a trailer bill was presented for the Kansas Amusement Ride Act. The original Kansas Amusement Ride Act was passed in April 2017 as SB 70. The bill was intended to provide quality assurance that amusement rides were safe and regularly inspected. The bill regulates inspections, insurance, and fees. The amendment was introduced Tuesday, to adjust the regulations that are impacting small community based amusement rides. Due to the new rules, many small towns have had to cancel fairs because of increased regulations. One of the main concerns is the regulation on inspections. The amended bill, SB 307, would provide various new regulations that would benefit small county and town fairs in Kansas. Many of the fairs are donation and volunteer based or ran by nonprofit organizations. One proposed change would update the definition of a home-owned amusement ride to, “be owned and operated by a nonprofit, community-based organization that is operated less than 20 days in a year and operated at only one location per year.” The amendment will decrease regulations for small amusement rides while continuing to ensure the quality and safety of rides for Kansans.
Rural Opportunity Zones are seventy-seven counties in Kansas that have been authorized to offer one or both of the following financial incentives to new full-time residents with Kansas income tax waivers for up to five years and student loan repayments up to $15,000. To be eligible for Kansas Income Tax Waivers, individuals must have established residency in a ROZ county on or after the date the county became part of the program, lived outside Kansas for five or more years immediately prior to establishing residency in a ROZ county and earned less than $10,000 in Kansas Source Income in each of the five years immediately prior to establishing residency in a ROZ county. Senate District #36 has seventy-four approved and twenty-eight approved sponsored participates to date. Republic, Rooks and Smith County lead the district in this very popular rural program in Kansas. The total number of participants since the beginning of the program in Kansas at the end of 2016 was 494.
FROM THE STATE LIBRARY
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VISITORS FROM SENATE DISTRICT #36
The last few weeks have been very busy with visitors from home daily here in the Capital City. On Tuesday, the Kansas Bankers, Kansas Fire Fighters and the State Independent Telephone and Rural Independent Telecommunications Coalition held their annual legislative day and reception. Rural economic leaders presented success stories of rural development to the Senate and House Commerce Committees and held receptions for all legislators in the evening. Members from the Travel Industry Association along with Kansas American Legion and VFW and County Treasurers met with their legislators also during the week. The Kansas Press Association and Kansas Farm Bureau members held their annual meeting and had lunch with legislators in the Capitol.
Please visit www.kslegislature.org to follow any legislation or to review Senate and House journals and calendars. You will be able to search for bills and legislators in all districts plus research papers and historical articles on this very helpful website.
Thank you for the honor of serving you!
Senator Elaine Bowers
Kansas State Capitol Building
300 SW 10th St.
Topeka, KS 66612