Newsletter - March 31, 2019
I visited with Vickie Harshbarger of Mosaic about state funding issues for the disability community. Mosaic in Liberal partners with people with intellectual disabilities to provide a meaningful life in a caring community.
Below is a list of the bills passed in the house this week. If you would like more information on a bill, click the bill number to follow the link. If you get this newsletter via the newspaper go to:
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– Creating the Kansas criminal justice reform commission.
– Providing for fully-insured association health plans.
- Providing income tax credits for aerospace and aviation program graduates and their employers.
- Making unemployment benefits available for federal and state employees who are required to work without pay.
– Legislative review of exceptions to disclosure of public records under the Kansas open records act.
– Establishing a commercial industrial hemp program.
– Requiring notification to patients that the effects of a medication abortion may be reversible.
- Authorizing the use of CBD oil to treat certain medical conditions.
- Recognizing licenses to carry a concealed firearm issued by other jurisdictions.
- Authorizing the secretary of transportation to designate or construct toll projects for new projects or expanded capacity; requires approval from local units of government, the Kansas turnpike authority and the state finance council.
- Providing for an increase in permit fees for oversize or overweight vehicles.
- Providing for an increase in registration fees for electric and hybrid vehicles.
- Authorizing certain business entities to hire physicians and chiropractors.
– Establishing non-covered dental benefits under health insurance plans and limitations on plan changes.
– Rehabilitation of abandoned property by cities.
– Requiring electronic prescriptions for certain controlled substances.
– Allowing use of certified drug abuse treatment programs for certain offenders convicted of unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances.
– Amending the definition of "service-connected" in the Kansas police and firemen's retirement system.
– Making amendments to the Kansas school equity and enhancement act and other statutes related to education.
– Providing a process for the attorney general to enter into diversion agreements.
– Extending the judicial branch surcharge to fund the costs of non-judicial personnel.
– Appropriations for FY 2019, FY 2020, FY 2021 and FY 2022 for various state agencies.
– Updating the expiration date of risk-based capital instructions.
– Designating the official red and white wine grapes of Kansas.
– Amending Kansas real estate commission licensing provisions for brokers and sales persons.
– Regulating the use of lighting devices in transportation network company vehicles and requiring vehicles to stop at railroad crossings for on-track train equipment.
– Exempting certain domestic insurers from filing enterprise risk reports.
– Establishing the unclaimed life insurance benefits act.
– Prohibiting cities from requiring a valid contract franchise ordinance for the provision of wireless telecommunications services.
– Requiring an electric rate study of certain electric utilities.
– Eliminating the expiration of the postsecondary technical education authority and requiring a report to the legislature.
– Requiring the department for children and families to offer services to children with problem sexual behavior and to such child's family.
– Regulating assignment of rights or benefits to a residential contractor under a property and casualty insurance policy insuring residential real estate.
– Updating the state banking code.
– Extending the tax credit under the center for entrepreneurship act to financial institutions and increasing the annual tax credit limit.
– Establishing a minimum course duration for motor vehicle accident prevention courses.
– Division of vehicles registering fleet vehicles.
– Requiring at least nine safety drills to be conducted by schools each year including fire, tornado and crisis drills.
– Creating the AO-K to work program that allows certain adults to earn high school equivalency credentials by participating in career pathway oriented postsecondary classes.
- Allowing for temporary permits for the selling and serving of alcoholic liquor.
- Concerning elections; relating to advance ballots; concerning polling place.
– Requesting the federal government address water issues in the Arkansas River basis.
- Constitutional amendment; reapportionment, deleting requirement for adjustment of census data for military personnel and students.
Please reach out to me any time I can assist you with a state agency concern. I do ask that you send the request to me by email. This ensures that I get the information correctly to the agency we are working with. You can reach me when I’m in Topeka by email Shannon.email@example.com
, by phone (785) 296-7466, or by mail at 300 SW 10th
Avenue, 274-W, Topeka, KS 66612. My office at the Capitol is 274W, second floor west wing.