Legislature moves past ‘Turnaround’

We left “turnaround,” a time where the bills of the Senate are now moved to the House for consideration and vice versa.

During the week of March 2, the Senate passed 58 bills. Most of the bills weren’t controversial, but some were very important. I’ve written before about the “Sports Gaming Bill” that has implications for Eureka Downs. 

One bill made some funding available to the KU Cancer Center in Kansas City. This would lead to a change of status and services for KU Medical Center. They would be recognized as one of the 51 centers in the U.S. with this comprehensive designation. To achieve that status, KU Medical Center must implement and improve several aspects of their cancer services.

One tax bill that was passed by the Senate, SB 295, is interesting. This bill would limit the appraisal value of property in that real property cannot be assessed higher for normal repair and maintenance of existing property.

This week and next, the Senate committees will be trying to get work completed for the year. The week of March 23, we will be on the floor for most of the day, but right now the Senate gavels in at 2:30 p.m. each day.

 

News and visits from the 14th

On March 5, Erica Johnson brought students from Neodesha and Fredonia to the Capital for Kick Butts Day. The students rallied, and Emily Tomlinson spoke out against smoking and vaping. Thank you all for making the trip and sharing this worthwhile message.

Congratulations to Sedan, Kansas. The Kansas State Forestry Service has donated a firefighting vehicle to the City of Sedan. This is provided at no cost to the fire department of Sedan.

Keyle Faudre, Eric Krug, and Jacob Bowlin of El Dorado Middle School served as legislative pages on February 12. The students were accompanied by Assistant Principal Luke Claar.

Our last page of the session was Tayte Leck of Neodesha on Feb. 18. Tayte came to the Capitol with his family while his older brother shadowed Representative Newland. Inclement weather prohibited the last scheduled pages from attending, but we hope next year will provide another opportunity for these students.

The Capitol has seen a variety of visitors this session bringing new information and entertainment to all of us. I enjoy talking to students who come to the Capitol and sharing with them how the political process works. Kansas has many bright and talented students out there, and it is a privilege to be able to help them.

Feel free to contact me at (785) 296-7678 or at bruce.givens@senate.ks.gov. It is a privilege to serve you. I’ll be posting things about KPERS, banks and credit unions and many other items on my website at www.brucegivens.com.

 

Bruce Givens, R-El Dorado, represents District 14, which includes all of Chatauqua County and part of  Cowley County.

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