Notes from 14th District Issue #3
NOTES FROM THE 14TH
It is turn-around time. Most of the Senate Committees are done and from these committees – if a bill hasn’t been moved on from the committee – it is done for the year. Some bills get “blessed.” This means they can live on through the full Session – a hearing is still required.
The Senate has been meeting at 2:30 each day with Committee meetings being held prior to the daily Session. Beginning February 20, the Senate met at 10:00 and was on the floor most of the day.
I do not understand all the reasons why we do things this way – but this is “Senate Procedure.” The House and the Senate will not be meeting February 23, 26 and 27 to give time for revisors, researchers, and leadership to organize bill referrals and put together agendas for the final “round” that will wrap-up April 6.
A bill that would bring back horse racing in Kansas was introduced in my Federal & State Committee February 19th. The House has their version out of committee. I will vote for this bill unless it is amended with serious flaws. I’m not sure when “Fed & State” will have a hearing on this. Two other bills regarding conceal and carry and domestic abusers with guns have been removed from the Fed & State Committee. I doubt that these two bills get a hearing this session.
If you have any questions, please contact me!
Please stop in my office when you are in the area.
Senator Bruce Givens
300 SW 10th St. 225 E
Topeka KS 66612
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On the Road in the 14th District
Senator Givens’ Future Area Visits with Representatives Good and Blex
9:00 a.m. Moline Swinging Bridge Café
10:30 a.m. Sedan Farm Bureau meeting room, 230 E. Main
9:30 – 11:00 El Dorado Civic Center
Jointly sponsored by the Butler County Farm Bureau and El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Senate and House Live Stream Audio
You can listen to the action of the Kansas Senate and House proceedings through live audio streaming of all the Senate and House sessions and committees. The following link is provided for your convenience: www.kslegislature.org
If you have difficulty, click on audio/live at the extreme top right of the screen. You may access the House and Senate proceedings when in session as well as committee meetings for both Chambers.
It is easy to “get into the weeds” on pieces of legislation that seem on the surface to have universal appeal, but for those who want to pursue a more in-depth analysis of the ones which did not have such agreement, go to www.kslegislature.org and pull up “Bills & Laws,” then “Senate Bills,” before scrolling to the desired number and hitting “SN” (Supplemental Notes) for a general explanation.
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Visitors to the 14th District Office
Senator Givens and Representative Hibbard are pictured with 4-H members from across the 14th District as they participated in the Kansas 4-H Citizenship in Action event in Topeka on February 18 and 19. 4-H’ers from Greenwood, Neosho and Wilson counties are pictured here. While here the 4-H delegates debated legislation on the floors of the House and Senate Chambers.
PHI THETA KAPPA HONOR SOCIETY
Phi Theta Kappa is the International honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizing excellence in higher education and a commitment to students. Students with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.
Kansas is one of 38 states participating in the All-State Academic Team program.
The 23rd Annual Kansas All-State Academic Team was announced on February 15, 2018 in Topeka in conjunction with the Kansas Association of Community Colleges events.
- A new report projects that Kansas will collect more than $505 million in additional revenue over the next three years because of changes in federal income tax laws (AP News)
- Kansas’ health care sector generated $25.7 billion in sales in 2017 and more than $14 billion in income (Wichita Business Journal)
- Kansas hospitals create the need for 75,659 additional jobs across Kansas- a total employment impact of 162,000 jobs (Kansas Hospitals Association)
- Spirit delivered the 10,000th Wichita-built 737 fuselage to Boeing (Wichita Business Journal)
TRACEY MANN SWORN IN AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:
On Wednesday, February 14th, Tracey Mann of Salina was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. Governor Jeff Colyer announced the appointment Tuesday night at the Kansas Livestock Association Dinner.
Although he has never held elected office, Mann ran in the Republican primary for the 1st District congressional seat in 2010. He currently serves as the managing director and principal for Newmark Grubb Zimmer, a Kansas City-based commercial real estate company. Prior to working for Newmark Grubb Zimmer, Mann served as the director for the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.
Mann, 41, and father of four, served as Student Body President for Kansas State where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in agricultural economics.
On Wednesday, Senate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita) and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka) gave testimony for their transparency bill in the Senate Ethics, Elections, and Local Government Committee. The bipartisan legislation, SB 394, requires the registration of anyone attempting to influence a member of the executive or judicial branch, to register as a lobbyist. Currently, the law only requires registration for those attempting to influence legislative action.
“It’s a sunshine bill,” Wagle said during her testimony. “I think that we hear a lot about transparency. I think this bill will bring more transparency to state government than most things we’ve done in the last 10 years.”
SB 394 passed out of the Senate Ethics, Elections, and Local Government Committee and was approved by the full Senate.
CONCEALED CARRY BILL
The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing on HB 2042, an act concerning firearms and concealed carry licensing. The bill contains three main provisions:
- The original bill which was recommended by the Attorney General, recognizes licenses issued by other jurisdictions.
- Lower the age to obtain concealed carry license to 18
- Allow postsecondary institutions to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons if the person does not have a concealed carry license, referred to as the Aurand amendment.
This bill would continue to prohibit the disclosure of records of individuals with concealed carry permits. The second addition to the bill would allow individuals ages 18-20 to conceal and carry with a license approved by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.
The current law states that individuals must be at least 21 years old. The law also requires those individuals to have eight hours of training before they are eligible to conceal and carry if they wish to have a permit. This bill is currently not scheduled to be before the full Senate.
CAMPUS FREE SPEECH BILL:
The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing on SB 340, the campus free speech protection act. SB 340 would solidify the right to freedom of speech on public campuses in Kansas. The act removes speech restriction policies at all public institutions. The legislation would require adoption of free speech policies as well. Under the campus free speech protection act, “free speech zones” are prohibited. These are designated areas where free speech is allowed on campus and censored everywhere outside those designated areas.
The goal of this legislation is to give a voice to views on all sides instead of silencing certain viewpoints. During testimony, supporters expressed that post-secondary institutions should be a marketplace for new ideas and should not be censored. Proponents of the bill explained how this would ensure constitutional rights, open the door for various ideas and thoughts, and allow people to feel free to express opinions without penalty from their university or school. The main purpose of SB 340 is to protect the First Amendment while also promoting freedom of expression and opinion on public campuses.
CONVENTION OF STATES:
The Senate Federal & State Affairs committee heard SCR1611, making application to the U.S. Congress to call a convention of the states. This comes after the Kansas House resolution failed in 2016 by a vote of 77-47 (84 votes required).
The Kansas Constitution requires that two-thirds of the legislature approve a resolution to call for a convention. Kansas is the only state in the nation with this requirement, most require only a simple majority.
Currently, twelve states have called for a convention including, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. 34 states are needed for the convention to be called.
The three goals outlined by the states have included the following measures:
- Reign in federal spending
- Place restrictions on federal power over the states
- Term limits for federal officials
The states do not plan to re-write the Constitution but rather amend it like the previous 24 amendments. SCR1611 is currently being co-sponsored by 17 senators. 27 votes are needed to pass the Senate.
2018 SESSION DATES AND DEADLINES
Please be aware of the following dates and deadlines for the 2018 legislative session. As always, each is subject to modification as leadership provides updates on changes which might occur.
Thursday, February 22
Turnaround Day, last day for non-exempt bills in house of origin
Senator Givens meeting constituents in Moline and Sedan
Friday, March 2
Pro Forma (Senator in 14th district)
Saturday, March 3
Senator Givens meeting constituents in El Dorado
Friday, March 23
Last day for non-exempt committee consideration
On Senate floor all day
Thursday, March 29
On Senate floor all day; Last day to consider non-exempt bills not in originating chamber
Friday, March 30
Friday, April 6
Drop dead day; first adjournment
Thursday, April 26
Veto Session begins
Thursday, May 4
GROUNDWATER DISTRICT USER CHARGES (SB 194): Senate Bill 194 permits groundwater management district boards to increase the maximum water withdrawal charge from $1.50 for each acre-foot to $2.00 for each acre-foot. The charge would continue to be used to finance the operations of the groundwater management district. In addition, the bill would eliminate a provision of current law that permits the boards of groundwater management districts to assess a greater annual water withdrawal charge if more than 50 percent of the authorized place of use of the water is outside the district. This bill passed the Senate 34-5. I voted for this bill.
BOND REQUIREMENTS FOR APPEALS (SB 199): Senate Bill 199 modifies law concerning stay of enforcement of a judgment while on appeal, which specifies that if an appellant seeks such a stay, the supersedeas bond shall be set at the full amount of the judgment. An exception exists if the appellant proves by a preponderance of the evidence that this amount will result in an undue hardship or a denial of the right to an appeal and allows the court to reduce the amount with certain limitations. The bill would delete language stating these limitations would not apply if the court makes a finding on the record that the appellant bringing the appeal is likely to disburse assets reasonably necessary to satisfy the judgment and allowing the court to increase the amount of such bond required not to exceed the full amount of the judgment. The bill would also add exceptions to the requirement to set the bond at the full amount of the judgment to provide the amount of a supersedeas bond of any individual appellant and its successors or corporate affiliates, individually or collectively, would not exceed $25.0 million regardless of the full amount of the judgment. If the appellant is a small business, the bill would prohibit the appellant’s supersedeas bond from exceeding $2.5 million or the amount of the judgment, whichever is less. The bill would define “small business” as an independently owned and operated business or nonprofit organization with not more than 50 full-time employees and not more than $25.0 million in annual revenue. This bill passed the Senate 32-7. I voted for this bill.
LICENSE RENEWAL OF TREATMENT CENTERS (HB 2106): House Bill 2106 authorizes the Secretary for Aging and Disability Services (Secretary) to grant a treatment facility licensed by the Secretary under the Alcohol or Other Drug Addiction Treatment Act and also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services, The Joint Commission, the Council on Accreditation, or another national accrediting body approved by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), a license renewal based on such accreditation, referred to as “deemed status.” An accredited treatment facility that loses accreditation would be required to notify KDADS immediately. Additionally, the bill would require KDADS to inspect an accredited treatment facility to determine compliance with state licensing standards and rules and regulations not covered by the accrediting entity’s standards or inspect and investigate in response to a complaint made against the accredited treatment facility. This bill passed the Senate 39-0.
CONVEY PROPERTY IN SEDGWICK COUNTY (SB 343): Senate Bill 343 allows State Board of Regents to convey by quitclaim deed six parcels of land and the State to convey by quitclaim deed one parcel of land in Sedgwick County to Wichita State University. The bill would require all deeds and conveyances to be reviewed and approved by the Attorney General. These conveyances would not be subject to appraisals, bids, publications, title reviews, title insurance, surplus property statutes, or Regents land acquisition statutes. This bill passed the Senate 39-0
ELECTRONIC MONITORING IN ADULT CARE HOMES (HB 2232): House Bill 2232 allows a resident of an adult care home, or a resident’s guardian or legal representative, to conduct authorized electronic monitoring in the resident’s room subject to requirements set out in the bill. This bill passed the Senate 38-0
VEHICLE DEALERS AND MANUFACTURERS LICENSING ACT (SB 324): Senate Bill 324 add two sections to the Vehicle Dealers and Manufacturers Licensing Act (Act) on improvements to dealer facilities, dealer performance criteria, and recall repairs. This bill passed the Senate 33-2 I voted yes.
CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND (SB 266): Senate Bill 266 amends law governing awards from the Crime Victims Compensation Board. Specifically, the bill would amend the definition of “collateral source” to include “any other source” received by or readily available to the victim or claimant. This bill passed the Senate 38-0
LICENSURE OF DENTAL THERAPISTS (SB 312): Senate Bill 312 expands the Dental Practices Act by creating the practice of dental therapy and requiring the Kansas Dental Board (Board) to authorize a person to practice as a dental therapist if such person meets the qualifications set forth in the bill. This bill passed the Senate 38-0
KANSAS RETAIL ELECTRIC SUPPLIERS ACT (Sub SB 323): Substitute for Senate Bill 323 revise law related to Kansas municipal energy agencies (MEAs), the oversight of electric cooperatives by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), and retail electric suppliers. This bill passed the Senate 38-0
KANSAS AMUSEMENT RIDE ACT (SB 307): Senate Bill 307 makes multiple amendments to the Kansas Amusement Ride Act. This bill passed the Senate 36-0