Highlight of the Week: The Kansas Department of Commerce contacted me and requested I be part of a congratulatory video for the community of Vermillion. The town received a $250,000 Federal Community Block Grant to improve its water system. Two new wells and a new water tower are first on the list of improvements. Congratulations to the people of Vermillion!
Children and Seniors Committee
• Passed HB2114 establishing the Kansas Senior Care Task Force
• Passed as amended HB2115 establishing the Joint Committee on Child Welfare System Oversight
Federal & State Affairs Committee
• Informational briefing on Kansas Lottery
• Passed as amended HB2058 allowing reciprocity to recognize out-of-state licenses to carry a concealed handgun. The amendment consolidates HB 2089-authorizing the Attorney General to issue an alternative license to carry a concealed handgun to qualified applicants only during a declared state of disaster emergency-inside HB2058
• Hearing HB2224 expanding the definition of “infectious disease” in certain statutes related to crimes in which bodily fluids have been transmitted from one person to another
• Hearing HCR5008 urging the U.S. Congress to extend daylight saving time throughout the year for the whole nation
• Passed HB2155 which addresses definitions of “pollutant” and “releases” in regard to KDHE’s response operations for water and soil pollutant release, discharge or escape
• Hearing HB2244 regarding hemp disposal and requiring industrial hemp processors’ registration with state fire marshall
• Hearing SB 27 amending the Kansas storage tank act, extending sunset of certain funds, and increasing certain liability and reimbursement amounts
• Biofuels reports from Kansas Corn, Kansas Soybean and Renew Kansas
On the House floor this week
Twenty-two bills were taken up, from adoption venues to water supply boilers. All passed. For a complete listing, please go to www.kslegislature.org
• Hallmark legislation passed this week was S1315, which created the Kansas Economic Recovery Loan Deposit Program. It creates a $60 million low interest loan pool using funds the state already has on hand. This fund can be accessed by banks and credit unions to make loans to businesses working to recover from the pandemic. This bank/ credit union compromise bill represents what the legislative process is all about. I believe every Kansas farmer, business and family deserves credit that is accessible and available at a fair price. I supported this bill.
• I was asked to carry a bill to the floor on behalf of the Ag Committee. HB2103 established the Kansas Pesticide Waste Disposal Fund that permits up to $50,000 to be transferred annually from the Kansas Agricultural Remediation Fund to the new KPWDF. The bill passed 123-0. It was an experience I’ll never forget, and I look forward to becoming more involved in the legislative process.
• What do you think of permanent Daylight Savings Time?
• What do you think about mobile sports betting, an issue coming before the Federal and State Affairs Committee soon?
• What do you think of HB2068, a bill proposing a change in requirements for low-income student scholarship programs? You can read more about this bill here: http ://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/measures/documents/hb2068_00_0000.pdf
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