During the legislative session, KSCPA’s government affairs representatives – Marlee Carpenter and Natalie Bright of Bright & Carpenter Consulting, LLC – track bills and provide legislative updates and a bill tracker summary weekly via video, podcast, and write-up. See below.
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May 23, 2022
The Kansas Legislature returned to Topeka on Monday, May 23, for a “Veto Session #2” to redraw their congressional redistricting map. However, last week, the Kansas Supreme Court decided to uphold the congressional map and reverse a district court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional due to partisan and racial gerrymandering.
May 2, 2022
The Kansas Legislature returned to Topeka on Monday, April 25 after a three-week spring break. After a rule was suspended allowing the Legislature to work past midnight, the four-day start of the Veto Session concluded around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Lawmakers had four major pieces of business to wrap up: veto overrides, food sales tax, education, and budget. Medical marijuana was thought to also be a priority for the wrap-up session, but no action was taken, and the bill remains in conference committee.
April 25, 2022
Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka today to begin the 2022 Kansas Legislative Veto Session after a three-week spring break. Both House and Senate Republican leaders have stated that little work remains on their agenda and hope to be adjourned by the end of the week. That would give the Legislature just enough time to pass an omnibus budget, attempt any veto overrides, and wrap up some outstanding conference committee reports.
April 4, 2022
The Kansas Legislature left for a three-week spring break on Saturday, officially adjourning the regular part of the 2022 Legislative Session just before 2:00 a.m. Lawmakers had a very busy week of conference committees and floor debate but left several larger items for the Veto Session. From education funding to food sales tax to medical marijuana to sports wagering, it’s unclear which issues still have a chance when they return and which ones were put on hold intentionally. It’s an election year, so careful consideration is given to the votes on which legislators can campaign.
March 28, 2022
Last week was a quick but full week in the Kansas Legislature. Wednesday was the last day for all non-exempt bills to be considered in either chamber, so the House and Senate spent Monday through Wednesday debating and passing over 100 bills. The House adjourned early afternoon on Wednesday, while the Senate worked past midnight adjourning close to 2:00 a.m.Thursday morning.
March 21, 2022
Friday was the last day for non-exempt committees to meet for the 2022 Kansas Legislative Session. It was a frenzy of a week as committee chairs churned through bills and worked quickly to wrap up their business for the year. This week, the House and Senate will be on the floor all of today through Wednesday, followed by a four-day weekend, then another few days of conference committees leading up to first adjournment currently scheduled for April 1.
March 14, 2022
As usual, the last two weeks of committee meetings are packed full of back-to-back hearings and final action on bills. Other than those that are exempt from legislative deadlines (Budget, Tax, Federal & State Affairs), committees have one more week to complete their work. March 18 is their last day to meet and pass any bills they want to move forward this session. After that, Legislators will primarily do floor work before conference committees begin their work on March 28.
March 7, 2022
Lawmakers returned from their five-day recess on March 1 to officially start the second half of the 2022 Legislative Session. The Legislature was Pro Forma on Friday, making it a relatively quiet three-day week. While they slowly eased back into committee work, this week is filling up quickly with dozens of hearings already scheduled. It’s typically after Turnaround that the tempo speeds up significantly to meet bill deadlines for the year. It should be March madness from here on out!
February 28, 2022
The Kansas Legislature adjourned for Turnaround break on February 23 and will return to Topeka this Tuesday, March 1. Committees only met on Monday, leaving the next two days for debating and passing legislation on the floor. Any non-exempt bills that didn’t pass their house of origin or get “blessed” by leadership by February 23 are dead for this year.
February 21, 2022
Last week was the last full week for non-exempt committees to complete their work for the first half of the legislative session. Today marks the official last day for those committees to meet, so a few of them still have agendas on the calendar. Starting on Tuesday, Legislators are on the floor working toward Turnaround or halfway point of session on Thursday, February 24. All non-exempt bills that have not passed their House of Origin by Turnaround are dead for the year. Lawmakers will then have a four-day weekend and return to start the second half of the session on Tuesday, March 1.
February 14, 2022
Last week was a full, fast, and furious week in Topeka, as the Kansas Legislature raced to meet the February 11 deadline, when all non-exempt bills must be introduced. Committees that are exempt from legislative deadlines are: House and Senate Federal and State Affairs, Senate Ways and Means, Senate Assessment and Taxation, and House committees on Calendar and Printing, Appropriations, and Taxation. The last day for non-exempt committees to meet is February 21, followed by Turnaround (halfway point of session when non-exempt bills need to be out of their house of origin) on February 24.
February 7, 2022
A winter storm cut last week short for the Kansas Legislature. Most legislators went home Tuesday night to beat the snow, with only a few House committees meeting on Thursday. The snow days will put a strain on committees this week to hear and work bills. The Turnaround deadline is quickly approaching on February 24.
January 31, 2022
Last week was the first full week of the 2022 Legislative Session, and committees were picking up the pace. We also saw 92 new bills introduced as lawmakers near the first legislative deadline today, when all requests for member-sponsored bill drafts by the revisor’s office must be completed.
January 24, 2022
Redistricting will be a focus of the 2022 Legislative Session, a census process that occurs every ten years. The House and Senate Redistricting Committees introduced their first sets of congressional district maps last week. Most attention is on the third district, currently represented by democrat Congresswoman Sharice Davids. The district has grown significantly, and legislators must reshape the lines covering Wyandotte and Johnson counties.
January 17, 2022
The 2022 Kansas Legislative Session kicked off on January 10, 2022, with more steam than usual. Over 70 bills were introduced, with several hearings already scheduled for this week. Committees were busy receiving reports from agency heads on various programs and settling into the rhythm of legislative session.
January 14, 2022
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