Issues at the Capitol
SB178 Introduced by Senator Jeff Melcher, R-Leawood could raise farm property taxes by an average of 472 percent. I don’t think this bill will go anywhere but there is a hunt for revenue going on in Topeka.
The Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Association of Counties and Kansas League of Municipalities are trying to work on a compromise for a bill dealing with public notifications in newspapers versus websites. Hopefully we will do both. Life doesn’t have to be an either/or choice.
Another bill getting a lot of attention is one that would make our local elections partisan, moving the election to the fall and allowing straight party line voting with a single button click.
In local government there was a hearing on a bill allowing counties with a population greater than 50,000 to have an election to make the County Treasurer an appointed position by the County Commissioners.
There has been a lot of furor over a bill prohibiting college and school employees from using their job titles when they write letters criticizing elected officials.
There are a lot of resolutions floating around that would change the process for selecting Supreme Court Justices.