March part 2

Notes from the 14th Kansas Senate District

Issue 5                                                                                                                   

March 2018


Kansas Senator Bruce Givens

image001.jpgWell, this is “March Madness,” my favorite time of the year.  Of course, I’m talking about college basketball, not the madness at the state legislature.

There are many issues the legislature must deal with this session. Two issues that have received a lot of attention are HB2042 and SCR 1611.  HB 2042 was passed by the House.  The original bill was introduced to allow conceal and carry permits from other states to be reciprocal with Kansas.  However, it was amended to lower the age for conceal and carry to age 18.  After that, a Florida 19 year old took 17 lives with an AR-15.  At this point, the Federal & State Affairs committee (which I serve on) took up the issue this week.  We removed all amendments that the House added and returned it to the reciprocal bill the Attorney General wanted. Just an FYI, in Kansas a person under 21 cannot purchase a handgun.  As I understand it, Walmart has changed a policy and will no longer sell ammunition to anyone under age 21.  I doubt that HB2042 will ever be heard on the floor of the Senate, which is fine with me.

SCR 1611 is a resolution to call for a Convention of States.  I was reluctant at first to support this.  I have found it to be a way that amendments could be proposed or drafted out of this convention.  That is all this Convention can do – propose amendments.  Then 37 states must ratify any proposals.  I think it is safe that this process is not about throwing out the US Constitution or making radical changes. 

On March 8, the Senate voted 22-16 to call a Convention of State.  Since a 2/3 majority was not reached, this notion failed.  I was one of the 22. I do not believe this endangers our Constitution.

At one of our recent forums –the issue of sales tax exemptions came up.  There are more than an estimated $60 million dollars in sales tax exemptions that are in our state alone.  A complete list can be found on my website –

Senator Bruce Givens

300 SW 10th St.  225 E

Topeka KS 66612



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Statewide Recognition for

Audra Hughes, Waverly


image002.jpgAudra Jane Hughes of Waverly was recognized by the Kansas Health Care Association as the Kansas 2018 Ambassador of Community Involvement.  Audra was nominated by Sunset Manor of Waverly where she lives.  Audra’s friends say she is a humble, kind, loving person, who not only maintains her positive attitude throughout the day but also encourages and motivates others.  She is a natural leader and greeter of both visitors and new residents.  Audra enjoys crocheting and gifts her creations to others.  She was Deputy County Clerk in Coffey County for 18 years.


Anna Zuern, Senator Givens and Audra Jane Hughes





  • More than 4% of all job holders in Kansas are employed by hospitals. State hospitals account for 75,659 indirect jobs as well (Wichita Business Journal)
  • In 2017, the number of Kansans unemployed decreased to 61,879, the lowest number of unemployed people in the state in 15 years (Kansas Department of Labor)
  • Tax receipts for February totaled $373.1 million, $41.58 million above February 2017 and collected nearly $27 million more in taxes than anticipated in February (Kansas Department of Revenue)
  • Total tax receipts are $612.7 million above last year at this time (Kansas Department of Revenue)




Governor Jeff Colyer issued an executive order creating a task force addressing substance use disorder. The objective of the task force is to gather information regarding substance abuse in Kansas, particularly regarding the growing number of opioid and heroin overdoses in the state along with methamphetamine addiction. The task force will work to find useful resources and initiatives to fight drug abuse and examine practices for prevention and treatment along with recovery options for at-risk individuals through early detection and education.

Since 2012, more than 1,500 Kansans have died from opioid or heroin overdoses and more than 100 Kansas residents continue to die each year. In 2016, drug poisoning was the cause of death to more than 300 people in Kansas, with 95 deaths caused by methamphetamine alone. The task force acknowledges that substance abuse is an illness which not only impacts the lives of those addicted but also their families and surrounding communities.

The task force will be chaired by Dr. Greg Lakin, Chief Medical Officer at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Membership will be comprised of heads from numerous state agencies, legislators, and professionals in industries such as education, law enforcement, hospitals, and more.




The Kansas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation along with the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education (KCAE) held their 4th annual Aviation Day in Topeka.

The day began with an economic development training event for city officials on how to best harness state and local resources to boost the aviation industry. During the Aviation Day event, legislators, manufacturers, suppliers, and aviation organizations gathered to discuss industry growth and opportunities and addressed development potentials for Kansas economic stakeholders.

The Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education highlighted industry development opportunities throughout the day, spreading awareness regarding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and aviation education through KCA

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This week Senator John Doll (I- Garden City) changed his party affiliation from republican to independent. Senator Doll changed his party affiliation to join Greg Orman’s Independent ticket for governor.

In 2006, Doll ran as a democrat for US Congress against Jerry Moran in District 1. From 2010-2011 Doll served as the mayor of Garden City and then served in the Kansas House of Representatives as a republican from 2013 to 2016. Doll has been in the Kansas Senate since 2016.

Due to Sen. Doll’s affiliation change and in accordance to Senate Rule 22, the following Senators have replaced Sen. Doll in his committees:

Education Committee:

Senator Larry Alley – Vice Chair

Senator Bruce Givens

Transportation Committee:

Senator Dan Goddard – Vice Chair

Senator Ty Masterson

Ethics, Election & Local Government

Senator Susan Wagle

Ways & Means:

Senator Susan Wagle



On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Elections and Local Government held a hearing on HB 2539 which deals with qualifications for candidates seeking certain statewide office. The bill would list a minimum age requirement to run for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, and insurance commissioner.

Currently, there is not a minimum age requirement therefore any current resident of Kansas is eligible to run. There were two proponents of the bill at Wednesday’s hearing, the Kansas Secretary of State’s office and Kansas House Representative Blake Carpenter. Both noted that a “qualified elector” should be at least 18 years of age.


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.

Friday, March 23

Last day for non-exempt committee consideration

March 26-28

On floor all day

Thursday, March 29

On floor all day; Last day to consider non-exempt bills not in originating chamber 

Friday, March 30

No Session

Friday, April 6

Drop dead day; first adjournment

Thursday, April 26

Veto Session begins

Thursday, May 4

Day 90




MAXIMUM WEIGHT LIMITS OF EMERGENCY VEHICLES (SB 391): Senate Bill 391 prohibits emergency vehicles from operating if their gross weight exceeds 86,000 pounds. Under this legislation, emergency vehicles are subject to maximum weights on axles of 24,000 pounds on a single steering axle, 33,500 pounds on a single drive axle, 62,000 pounds on a tandem axle, and 52,000 pounds on a tandem rear drive steer axle. This bill passed the Senate 40-0

UNLAWFUL PASSING OF A WASTE COLLECTION VEHICLE (SB 272): Senate Bill 272 regulates the passing of a waste collection vehicle by requiring motorists to change lanes if possible or slow down when passing a stationary waste collection vehicle that is in the process of collecting waste. This bill passed 40-0.

EXTENDING HOURS OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SALES (HB 2482): House Bill 2482 allows for the sale of alcohol to begin at 6:00 a.m. Currently, establishments may not sell drinks between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. This bill passed the Senate 35-5.  I voted yes.

DEANNEXATION OF VALLEY CENTER FROM HILLSIDE CEMETARTY DISTRICT (SB 247): Senate Bill 247 would deannex the city of Valley Center territory from the Hillside Cemetery District, located in Harvey and Sedgwick counties as of December 31, 2018. After January 1, 2019, any territory added to the City of Valley Center by annexation, included in the Hillside Cemetery District, would be excluded from the cemetery district upon annexation. After March 1, 2022, the Hillside Cemetery District would receive no property tax revenues generated from property located within the territory of the city of Valley Center. This bill passed the Senate

ADJUSTING BIANNUAL TRANSFERS OF CERTAIN BALANCES IN MCLFF TO SHF  (SB 276): Senate Bill 276 would increase the statutory limit on unencumbered balances in the Motor Carrier License Fees Fund (MCLFF), the excess which is transferred to the State Highway Fund (SHF) on July 30 and January 30 of each fiscal year. Currently, all unencumbered funds in excess of $700,000 are transferred from the MCLFF to the SHF on July 30 and January 30 of each fiscal year. SB 276 would increase the amount of money to remain in the MCLFF to $2.8 million. This bill passed the Senate 39-1. 

I voted yes.

SEATBELT USAGE ADMISSABLE IN COURT (SB 296): Senate Bill 296 allows for evidence of failure of seatbelt usage to be considered in court cases to determine any aspect of comparative negligence or mitigation of damages. Currently, the law now states that such evidence shall not be admissible. This bill passed the Senate 25-15.

I voted for this bill.

ADDITION TO THE LIST OF DESIGNATED STATE PARKS (SB 331): Senate Bill 331 adds to the list of designated state parks the Flint Hills Trail State Park located in Miami, Franklin, Osage, Lyon, Morris, and Dickinson counties, and Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park located in Logan County. This bill passed the Senate 26-14.

I voted for this bill.

AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR PROCUREMENT INDEPENDENT AUDITS (SB 260): Senate Bill 260 would transfer the responsibility for procuring independent audits from the Legislative Division of Post Audit (LPA) to the audited agencies. Currently, LPA is responsible for administering the audit contracts, but the agencies are responsible for the costs. Agencies are then billed by LPA who collects the funds and pays the contracted auditing firms for their services. This bill would transfer responsibility for four audits that are currently administered by LPA, including the Statewide Single Audit, a financial audit of the Kansas Lottery, a security audit of the Kansas Lottery, and a financial audit of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS). This bill passed the Senate 40-0

CREATION OF THE LIQUOR LICENSE MODERNIZATION FEE (HB 2362): House Bill 2362 would amend the liquor license fees by creating a $20 alcoholic beverage control (ABC) modernization fee to be charged on both initial and renewal liquor license applications. The bill would reduce the initial application fee for a liquor license from $50 to $30 plus the $20 modernization fee. The $20 modernization fee would also be added to the renewal application fee which would remain at $10. The revenue from the $20 fee would be deposited into the ABC Modernization Fund created by the bill, to be used for the software and equipment upgrades associated with the Department of Revenue’s licensing, permitting, enforcement, and case management. This bill passed 37-3.  I voted yes.

AMENDING THE REVISDED KANSAS CODE FOR CARE OF CHILDREN AND THE NEWBORN INFANT PROTECTION ACT (SB 221): Senate Bill 221 would delete the term “extended out of home placement” and replace it in various sections in the Code with the specific time frame of when a child has been in the custody of the Secretary for Children and Families. SB 221 would add language to state the purpose of the Act is to protect newborn children from injury and death caused by abandonment by a parent and to provide safe and secure alternatives to such abandonment. This bill passed 35-5.  I voted yes.

TOWNSHIPS AND THE SPECIAL HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT FUND (SB 314): Senate Bill 314 would add “township” to the definition of “municipality,” and would add “township board” to the definition of “governing body” to allow a township, as well as a city or county as in current law, to transfer funds into a special highway improvement fund. Under continuing law, moneys in such fund are dedicated for construction or reconstruction of highways, bridges, roads, streets, and necessary incidental facilities. This bill passed the Senate 40-0

AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF ESCAPE IN CRIMES OF ESCAPE AND AGGRAVATED ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY (SB 310): Senate Bill 310 amends the law governing the crime of escape from custody. SB 310 would amend the definition of “escape” to include failure to return to custody following temporary leave lawfully granted by a custodial official authorized to grant such leave. This bill would accommodate the multiple instances in which individuals held in custody are released to attend work programs or medical, dental, or counseling appointments, or to accommodate other circumstances. This bill passed 40-0

PROHIBITING THE OUTSOURCING OR PRIVATIZATION OF CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES (SB 328): Senate Bill 328 would require prior legislative authorization for any state agency to enter into an agreement or take any action to outsource or privatize security operations of correctional or juvenile correctional facilities operated by a state agency. SB 328 defines security operations to include the supervision of inmates in a correctional institution or juvenile correctional facility by a corrections officer or warden. This bill does not prevent the Department of Corrections from renewing such an agreement for services if the agreement is substantially similar to an agreement existing prior to January 1, 2018. This bill 40-0

LOBBYING TRANSPARENCY BILL (SB 394): Senate Bill 394 would expand the definition of “lobbying” to include lobbying of the executive and judicial branches. SB 394 requires lobbyist registration of anyone attempting to influence a member of the executive or judicial branch. Currently, the law only requires registration for those attempting to influence legislative action. This bill passed the Senate 40-0

ELECTRONIC DELIVERY FOR EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS AND MEMBER POLICIES OF HEALTH PLANS (SB 348): Senate Bill 348 would authorize a health benefit plan or nonprofit dental services corporation to utilize electronic delivery as the standard method of delivery for explanation of benefits and policy. This bill passed 39-0 

ENACTING THE KANSAS PHARMACY PATIENTS FAIR PRACTICES ACT (SB 351): Senate Bill 351 would create the Kansas Pharmacy Patients Fair Practices Act. The bill would specify co-payments applied by a health carrier for a prescription drug may not exceed the total submitted charges by the network pharmacy. A pharmacy or pharmacist would have the right to provide a covered person with information regarding the amount of the covered person’s cost share for a prescription drug. Further, the bill would specify neither a pharmacy or pharmacist would be proscribed by a PBM from discussing any such information or selling a more affordable alternative to the covered person, if such alternative is available. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

UPDATING EGG REPACKAGING REQUIREMENTS (Sub SB 414): Senate Bill 414 would repeal the limitations on egg repackaging set forth in the Kansas Egg Law. The bill would permit repackaged eggs to be graded Grade B or better under certain requirements as outlined in the bill. Those requirements would be if: undamaged eggs from damaged containers are placed only into containers with the same distributor and packer information; the container holding repackaged egg is not labeled with a declaration of enhanced quality or any other claim that did not appear on the original container; the eggs with undamaged shells are handled and repackaged using good manufacturing processes and under refrigerated conditions in accordance with Food and Drug Administration regulations; all damaged containers and packing materials identified with the United States Department of Agriculture grade shield are destroyed; all segregated inedible eggs are destroyed to prevent human consumption. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

LOWERING REQUIREMENTS FOR A COSMETOLOGY SENIOR STATUS LICENSE (SB 398): Senate Bill 398 would change the requirements for an individual to qualify for a senior status cosmetologist license by lowering the age and reducing the number of years required to practice. The bill would allow a senior status license to any person who has held a license issued by the Board for at least 10 years and is 60 years or older, if the individual is not regularly engaged in the practice of cosmetology in Kansas and has paid a one-time senior status license fee. Currently, law allows senior status licenses to be issued to those 70 years or older who have held a license for at least 40 years. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

ADDING RELATED EDUCATIONAL DEGREES TO PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR LICENSURE CRITERIA (SB 386): Senate Bill 386 would amend the Professional Counselors Licensure Act. In continuing law, an individual applying to the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for licensure as a professional counselor is required, among other things, to have earned a graduate degree in counseling. SB 386 would allow licensure for an applicant who earned a graduate degree in a counseling-related field as long as all the remaining qualifications set forth in statute are met. The change would be applicable to individuals applying for initial licensure and to individuals applying for licensure who are licensed to practice professional counseling in another jurisdiction. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

CREATING A PROGRAM TO RESEARCH THE USE OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP (SB 263): Senate Bill 263 would enact the Alternative Crop Research Act, which would allow the Kansas Department of Agriculture, either alone or in coordination with a state institution of higher education, to grow and cultivate industrial hemp and promote research and development. Growers would include persons who are individuals, partnerships, corporations, associations, or other legal entities. Nothing in the Act would be constructed to authorize any person to violate state or federal law. Research and development of industrial hemp, under provisions of the bill, would include such things as analysis of industrial hemp growth including required soils, growing conditions, and harvest methods; research on seeds most suitable for Kansas; and market analysis to determine the potential for an industrial hemp market in Kansas. This bill passed the Senate 36-3

I voted for this bill.

INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER FOR CERTAIN VIOLATIONS OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (HB 2439): House Bill 2439 would amend the definition of the crime of involuntary manslaughter to include the killing of a human being from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs while: in violation of any restriction imposed on such person’s driving privileges for DUI; The person’s driving privileges are suspended or revoked for DUI; The person has been deemed a habitual violator, including at least one DUI violation. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

CLARIFYING WHAT CONDUCT IS EXCLUDED FROM THE CRIME OF INCEST (SB 265): Senate Bill 265 would amend the crime of incest to specify the phrase “otherwise lawful sexual intercourse or sodomy” does not include the crimes of rape or aggravated criminal sodomy as defined in the Kansas Criminal Code. SB 265 would clarify that unlawful sexual acts will be prosecuted and punished as rape or aggravated sodomy, rather than receiving a lesser sentence under the incest statute. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

ADDING EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL TO THE LIST OF MANDATORY REPORTERS OF ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR EXPLOITATION OF CERTAIN ADULTS (SB 311): Senate Bill 311 adds an emergency medical services (EMS) attendant to the list of mandatory reporters of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or need of protective services as it pertains to a resident or certain adult. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

EXPANDING EXPENSE DEDUCTION TO TAX FILERS IN ADDITION TO CORPORATE FILERS (SB 303): Senate Bill 303 allows certain individual income taxpayers to claim the expensing deduction for the costs of placing certain tangible property and computer software into service in the state. The provisions of the bill would be retroactive to tax year 2017. This bill passed the Senate 31-8

GAS SAFETY RELIABILITY SURCHARGE (SB 279): Senate Bill 279 modifies the Gas Safety Reliability Policy Act. Specifically, the bill would make changes related to definitions used throughout the Act, cost recovery for infrastructure expenses, and gas safety reliability surcharges. The bill would also raise the cap on the gas safety reliability surcharges from $0.40 to $0.80 per residential customer of the base rates. This bill passed the Senate 32-6

ACCOMMODATING VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES THAT PREVENT THEM FROM MEETING BALLOT SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS (SB 264): Senate Bill 264 amends provisions in election law concerning signatures if the voter has a disability that prevents the individual from signing. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

PROTECTION FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS (SB 281): Senate Bill 281 amends the Protection from Stalking or Sexual Assault Act to apply to victims of human trafficking. SB 281 would rename the Act the Protection from Stalking, Sexual Assault, or Human Trafficking Act. The bill would define “human trafficking” as any act that would constitute the following crimes as defined in Kansas criminal law: human trafficking, aggravated human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of a child, and selling sexual relations.  When a child is alleged to be a human trafficking victim, the bill would allow the following to seek relief on the minor’s behalf: a parent of the minor child; an adult residing with the minor child; the child’s court-appointed legal custodian or court-appointed legal guardian; a county or district attorney; or the attorney general. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

AUTHORIZING UTILITY FRANCHISES FOR REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS WHICH ENCOMPASS A FEDERAL ENCLAVE (SB 185): Senate Bill 185 allows the board of county commissioners of any county that has established a redevelopment district that includes property located within a federal enclave to authorize the installation, maintenance, and operation of utilities to serve the redevelopment district. Utilities would include water, sewer, electricity, gas, telecommunications, and rail services. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

CLARIFYING ANIMAL CONVERSION UNITS FOR POULTRY FACILITIES (SB 405): Senate Bill 405 amends current law that establishes the number of animals permitted in a confined animal feeding facility (CAFO) for the purpose of determining permitting requirements for new construction or expansion of a CAFO. Currently, a CAFO is required to register with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment if the CAFO has an animal unit capacity of 300 or more. SB 405 would establish the animal unit conversion factor for chicken facilities that use a dry manure waste system calculation as the number. In addition, the bill would require confined chicken facilities to obtain a federal permit if the facility uses a dry manure system and if there are 125,000 or more broilers or 82,000 or more laying hens. This bill passed the Senate 29-10.  I voted yes

PROVIDING COMPENSATION FOR THOSE WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED (SB 336): Senate Bill 336 would provide compensation, tuition assistance, and state health care benefit programs to individuals who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Under this bill, those individuals would receive $50,000 for each year they were wrongfully imprisoned. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE TESTING (SB 374): Senate Bill 374 would amend current law and state that a person who drives a commercial motor vehicle consents to take a blood, breath, urine, or other bodily substance test for the purpose of determining that person’s alcohol concentration or the presence of other drugs. The tests may be administered by a law enforcement officer who after stopping or detaining the commercial motor vehicle driver, has probable cause to believe the driver has alcohol or other drugs in their system. This bill passed the Senate 39-0

MICROBREWERY CONTRACTING (HB 2470): House Bill 2470 allows Kansas microbreweries to contract with other microbreweries to sell and package beer and hard cider. The legislation regulates the amount of beer and hard cider that can be transported between facilities. This bill passed the Senate 39-0.

CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE SALE REGULATIONS (HB 2502): House Bill 2502 allows cereal malt beverage (no more than 6.0 percent alcohol volume) licenses to be subject to state and local taxes instead of the state liquor tax. This bill passed the Senate 39-0.

CONVENTION OF STATES (SCR 1611): Senate Concurrent Resolution 1611 makes the application to the Congress of the United States to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose limits on the federal government. This bill failed 22-16 (The resolution needed 27 votes or two-thirds in favor to pass)

Notes from 14th District Issue #3


Givens.pngIt 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.

Contact Information:

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

February 24             

9:00 a.m.  Moline       Swinging Bridge Café

10:30 a.m.  Sedan     Farm Bureau meeting room, 230 E. Main

March 3         

9:30 – 11:00              El Dorado Civic Center

Jointly sponsored by the Butler County Farm Bureau and El Dorado Chamber of Commerce

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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 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)


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.



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:

  1. The original bill which was recommended by the Attorney General, recognizes licenses issued by other jurisdictions.
  2. Lower the age to obtain concealed carry license to 18
  3. 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.



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.



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.



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

February 24

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

March 26-28

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

No Session

Friday, April 6

Drop dead day; first adjournment

Thursday, April 26

Veto Session begins

Thursday, May 4

Day 90




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

Notes from the 14th District Issue #2

Issue 2

February 2018    

Sen_Givens.pngThis Senator is a sophomore.  That means, I know just a tad more than I did this time last year.  The Senate seems slow compared to last year.  There are not very many bills introduced on the Senate side and it appears that the Senate will be waiting for a school finance study to be completed on March 15th.  Very little will be done with the budget, expenses and revenues until then.

There have been many informational hearings however.  You can see some of the reports in these committees by going to my website.  Hopefully, this will be a place where I can disseminate more information than I can in a newsletter.

Of news and interest is the new prison in Lansing.  This was approved by the Legislative Finance Council not the entire legislature.  A private contract was awarded to build it but the prison will be run by KDOC like all the other prisons.  It is not nor will it ever be a private prison.

Today (January 25, 2018) I heard a report regarding KPERS.  The complete presentation is on my website.  In short, KPERS as a fund is doing great.  If we (the legislature keeps making our required payments – it will be an even stronger fund.

If you have a question, please contact me!

I will not use state funds to send out a printed newsletter.  Email newsletters and newspapers will be the only mass communication unless you check my website.


As we got settled into the third week of the 2018 legislative session, most of our work was concentrated in committees where bills are being prioritized and vetted. The senate has 13 standing committees which cover many different topics, including education, agriculture, judiciary, and utilities—to name a few. I serve on the Commerce, Financial Institution and Insurance, and the Federal and State Affairs committees.

Once a committee completes hearings and votes on a bill, if passed, it will then make its way to the senate floor and the full body will begin to debate and vote on the measure. Floor debates and votes will begin in the coming weeks. If you’re interested in tracking our work, you can head to our website at and click on the calendar tab at the top of the webpage to view the senate’s daily schedule. You can also view live streams of the senate sessions on the Legislature’s YouTube page by clicking here

Please do not hesitate to contact me at 785-296-7678 or at  with any further comments, questions, or concerns.


“Here I am with a few pheasant hunters in Pratt County last weekend.  Probably, my last pheasant hunt of the year.”


  • According to the latest revenue report, federal tax reform artificially inflated Kansas revenue receipts for Dec. 2017, putting the state $83.6 million above estimates.
  • The $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions included in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act influenced certain Kansas filers to make estimated payments before the end of the calendar year instead of April 17, 2018. The result is individual income tax receipts came in $87.1 million above estimates this fiscal year to date, of which $80.4 million came in December alone.
  • Sales tax receipts are $42 million above last year, and $900,000 above estimates for the current fiscal year. Corporate income tax is $20.9 million above this time last year, coming in $4.9 million under November’s revised estimates
  • The state collected $109.71 million in total tax receipts over December last year, putting the total at $601.5 million for the month. Corporate receipts in December came in $9.58 million below December last year for a total of $49.72 million. Sales tax receipts are $335,000 over December last year for a total of $198.16 million.
  • The S. added 148,000 jobs in December with unemployment at 4.1 percent
  • As of November 2017, preliminary data from the BLS shows Kansas’ unemployment rate at 3.5%, down from 4.3% in November 2016.
  • Kansas currently has a record 1.4 million people employed. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • “The most recent figures show just shy of 86% of Kansas kids get their high school diplomas. That’s slightly above the national average, which is at a record high.” (KCUR)



According to Jeremy Hill, Director, Wichita State Center for Economic Development and Business Research, to the Senate Commerce Committee, nationally the labor market is tightening.  In Kansas our working population is leaving the state due to job opportunities and wages. This migration affects all segments of our economy and population.

The highest growth Kansas does see is in occupational groups that require postsecondary & associate level education as well as apprenticeship and long-term training


Introducing Real ID                       

Kansans are having questions about Real ID.  The following information will be helpful when you are renewing your driver’s license. 

Anyone boarding an airplane or entering a federal facility, such as a military base, using a state issued ID or driver’s license on October 1, 2020, will be required to have a credential that is Real ID compliant. 

Real ID is a federal law, passed by Congress in 2005 to ensure state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards meet minimum security standards. To get a Real ID before law goes into effect on October 1, 2020, you’ll need to bring certain documentation into the local driver’s license office.  Go here to find your local driver’s license office (

You’ll need to show:

  • Valid passport or birth certificate
  • Proof of social security such as a social security card, current W-2 or 1099, or current pay stub with full SSN
  • Proof of residency, which can be a utility bill, your vehicle registration, or your current driver’s license

 All documents should be unlaminated originals.

If your name is not the same on all your documents because of adoption, marriage, divorce, or any court ordered name change, you must provide proof of the name change. Bring the name change document, such as your marriage license, adoption certificate, or divorce decree.

The fees remain the same for Real ID: $26 if you’re renewing and $8 to replace. If your credential expires after the 2020 deadline and you want a Real ID, you can bring your documents in to the office, receive the Real ID, and only pay the $8 replacement charge.

Finally, it is worth noting that you have the option to choose between a Real ID or a non-Real ID card. Kansas credentials that are not Real ID compliant contain a designation that says “NOT FOR FEDERAL ID” on the front of the card. Such credentials will not be able to be used at airports and federal facilities after September 30, 2020. 

For more details and a checklist that will help make sure you bring everything you need when you go to the driver’s license station see my website at

KanCare 2.0

Earlier in the session Senate President Susan Wagle, Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Carolyn McGinn, and Senate Public Health and Welfare Chairwoman Vicki Schmidt delivered a joint statement calling for the state to stop moving forward with their plan to make serious changes to the state’s Medicaid system called KanCare.

Healthcare providers and beneficiaries have repeatedly expressed concerns about their ability to provide and receive the appropriate level of care as well as problems with eligibility through the clearinghouse.

The four senators would like to fix ongoing problems with the current KanCare system before moving forward with KanCare 2.0. Legislation to stop KanCare 2.0 will soon be introduced

The following is the joint statement the senators released:

“After careful consideration regarding the discussion that took place during the Public Health and Welfare Committee today, we are hesitant to move forward with KanCare 2.0. We believe there is still work to do to stabilize KanCare 1.0 and that there is no certain path forward for KanCare 2.0., at this time



The State Finance Council voted January 24th on a plan to rebuild Lansing Correctional Facility.

The $362 million contract with CoreCivic would finance, construct and maintain the new private Lansing facility.   Under the plan developed by KDOC and CoreCivic, the new facility would have 1,920 maximum and minimum-security beds and 512 medium security beds. Technology and design upgrades would allow the KDOC to reduce staffing from 682 to 371.  First-year payment by the state would be $14.9 million and would rise 1.9% yearly during the contracted 20-years. 



On January 20, the Senate Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on S.B. 262 which would authorize the construction of a statue honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. S.B. 262 would allow for construction to begin on the northwest quadrant of capitol grounds.  State law requires legislation to be passed before any statue or memorial be placed on capitol grounds. The monument would be a replica of the Jim Brothers statue of Eisenhower that resides in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  The funds required for the installation and construction of the statue were raised through a private fundraising campaign.

At the hearing the great-grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Merill Eisenhower Atwater, spoke to endorse the legislation.  



From Your State Library 

KS_Seal.pngKansas Day - January 29               

On January 29, 1861, Kansas became the 34th state.  Explore the Kansas Territorial period through the Civil War with the Kansas History database.  You’ll find everything from digitized letters, maps and personal accounts, to photos, sermons and songs.  Use Browse to scroll through the topics, Search, or click on one of five broad categories for an overview of the early Kansas years.  Educators: each of the five categories includes an essay with corresponding primary source documents.

If the page above asks for a Kansas Library eCard number, you may get one at any library in Kansas.  Most people will be automatically recognized as inside Kansas and will not need this step.   Questions: or 785-296-3296.

Early Learning Resources from the State Library

BookFlix is an online resource for children in grades PreK-3 that pairs video storybooks with related nonfiction e-books. Imagine Curious George paired with a nonfiction book about monkeys. The read-along storybook highlights each word as it is read. This option can be turned off. Related word games and puzzles reinforces early learning reading skills. BookFlix requires Flash.

Britannica E-Stax (PreK-6) features nonfiction books that can be read online or downloaded to any Internet enabled device.

Both are available at no charge through the State Library’s web site .

If the page above asks for a Kansas Library eCard number, you may get one at any library in Kansas.  Most people will be automatically recognized as inside Kansas and will not need this step. Adobe Flash is needed to view the animation and hear the narration.  Questions: or 785-296-3296. 



The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee held hearings on S.B. 263, a bill that creates a program to research the use of industrial hemp.

Hemp prohibition began in 1937 in the United States.  In the 2013 Farm Bill, section 7606, legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research was defined as distinct from marijuana.  It authorized institutions of higher education or state department of agriculture (in states that legalized hemp cultivation) to regulate and conduct research and to pilot programs.  The U.S. House passed amendment to the Farm Bill to allow pilot programs and research to begin on industrial help and determine whether hemp farming would be beneficial for American farmers and businesses.  Thirty-one states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production.  Each state that allows farming may develop its own regulations regarding industrial hemp research and pilot programs.  Production must follow state regulations.

Overview of S.B. 263

The Department of Agriculture, alone or in coordination with a state educational institution (regent schools), may cultivate industrial hemp grown from certified seed and promote the research and development of industrial hemp.

Overview of H.B. 2182

Representatives from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and various law enforcement officer associations spoke in opposition to H.B. 2182 in 2017. They expressed concern the bill would provide a legal defense to the possession of marijuana by a person holding an industrial hemp license.

The Senate Bill will need good language and content to satisfy all sides of the issue before it can be passed out of committee and on to the Senate.


Coffeey_County_GOP.pngMark Petterson/managing Coffey County Republican

Senator Givens, second from left, spoke with constituents at a January legislative forum hosted by Coffey County Commissioners. Other speakers included 76th District State Representative Eric Smith, and representatives of Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and US Senator Jerry Moran.


Kansans would see access to dental care expanded in Kansas under a proposal brought forward by Kansas Senator Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka). The Chair of the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee, Sen. Schmidt says her measure is the result of many years spent gathering information and input from interested organizations in an effort to advance access to oral health care.

“This is a Kansas solution to the issue of expanding access to dental care,” Schmidt said. “We’ve have testimony on this topic for several years and we have examined the various proposals from other states. I firmly believe that the proposal before us represents a major step forward in training more dental professionals while preserving quality care for our fellow Kansans. And like most compromises, some will say it goes too far while others will argue it doesn’t go far enough. But I hope my legislative colleagues will agree that while the state doesn’t currently have the financial resources to do more in this area, we can and should move forward with this proposal.”

The measure would allow for the creation of dental therapists to work under the general supervision of licensed dentists to provide non-surgical dental procedures and under the direct supervision of licensed dentists to carry out more complex procedures. These dental therapists would be licensed dental hygienists who would then be required to complete additional training in an accredited course of study which would include 500 hours of clinical training. Upon successful completion, these dental therapists would be authorized to perform 35 additional dental procedures. Previous dental therapy bills called for an additional 38 procedures.

“Additionally, the proposal has an important focus on treatment for low income and disabled citizens by allowing for the expanded workforce only in those dental offices where Medicaid is accepted and at safety-net clinics in our state,” noted Schmidt. “Until the state has a more solid financial footing, we are unable to encourage more dental care through increased reimbursements. This measure is designed to be another way to encourage more Medicaid participation.”

The bill was introduced today in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and will soon be assigned a bill number.


Please be aware of the following dates and deadlines for the 2018 legislative session. As always, each is subject to modification and leadership will keep you updated on any changes which might occur.

Monday, January 29

Last day for members to request bill drafts

Monday, February 5

Last day for non-exempt committees to request bill drafts

Wednesday, February 7

Last day for bill introductions by members

Friday, February 9

Last day for non-exempt committee bill introduction

Friday, February 16

Pro Forma

Monday, February 19

Last day for AM/PM committees to meet

Tuesday, February 20

On floor all day

Wednesday, February 21

On floor all day

Thursday, February 22

Turnaround Day, last day for non-exempt bills in house of origin

February 23-27

No session

Friday, March 2

Pro Forma

Friday, March 23

Last day for non-exempt committee consideration

March 26-28

On floor all day

Thursday, March 29

On floor all day; Last day to consider non-exempt bills not in originating chamber 

Friday, March 30

No Session

Friday, April 6

Drop dead day; first adjournment

Thursday, April 26

Veto Session begins

Thursday, May 4

Day 90

Contact Information:

Senator Bruce Givens

300 SW 10th St. Suite 225 E

Topeka KS 66612


Notes from the 14th Kansas Senate District

Issue 1

January 2018         

Bruce Givens, Kansas Senate

The session has started! It is a privilege to return to the Senate – representing you in the 14th District. This is a much better start to the session than last year. Last year, we began 2017 in debt, a large financial hole that we have dug out of and now we are exceeding revenue projections. The legislature can only take part of the credit. The state’s economy is improving. In addition, the state’s unemployment rate is significantly below the national average.

Everyone seems to know and understand that the legislature has to come up with a solution to fund public schools. We have some deadlines for this as well – it should not be a long drawn out session to get this done – we have to act.

The Governor made a proposal at the State of the State address on Tuesday evening. He said his proposal would not require a tax increase. The details are not released just yet, but I’m sure he would be taking from KDOT and not making the required KPERS payment to avoid a tax increase. It is just a proposal.

There are a number of issues that need the legislatures’ attention that are not school related. We can deal with these issues but resources are limited.

I encourage you who receive this emailed newsletter to send it on to anyone you would like. The more people that will read it – the better informed on my work you will be. Newspapers will get the same newsletter with the Editor’s option of editing sections.

I would like to remind you of the office number here in Topeka (785-296- 7678). Linda Oborny is the office assistant for me (see picture). If you send a personal email, I will probably respond, however, if you use an advocacy system email – I will not.

The Governor said that the “state of the State is good.” I agree! Kansas is a great place to live, work and enjoy life!

I will not use state funds to send out a printed newsletter. Email newsletters and newspapers will be the only mass communication.                                                                            

Kansas Senator Bruce Givens Bruce Givens

2018 State of the State

Senator Bruce Givens, 14th District

Representative Mary Good, 75th District

Linda Oborny

Office Assistant


For your Benefit         

The Kansas Constitution, including the Ordinance, Preamble, and Bill of Rights, is available to print in a pocket-sized version from the State Library’s website Just click on the link and follow the instructions. A helpful diagram shows how to fold and where to cut to assemble your pocket-sized constitution. Be sure you print double sided and check “flip on the long edge”. A long reach stapler is helpful, but not necessary. Need help? Just Ask a Librarian - .

2017 KHA Certificate of Appreciation

Senator Givens was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Kansas Hospital Association for his unwavering support of healthcare issues during the 2017 legislative session. Pictured are hospital administrators from Senate District 14, along with Chad Austin of the Kansas Hospital Association. 




Top Senate Republican Calls for Pay Hikes for Corrections Officers

Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita issued a statement Wednesday urging Brownback to take executive action. She toured the El Dorado Correctional Facility with hometown Republican Sen. Bruce Givens.

Read the original story here.

Brownback takes Kansas lawmakers ‘to the brink’ with latest veto

Sen. Bruce Givens, R-El Dorado, called the governor hypocritical for denouncing the income tax bill he vetoed after helping to push through a sales tax increase in 2015. That year, lawmakers raised the sales tax rate to close another budget gap.

Givens said the veto amounted to the governor saying “I dare you” to lawmakers.

“His logic does not make sense to me,” Givens said.

Read the original story here. Profile

What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?

A fair tax plan! We have too much reliance on property tax and sales tax. The income tax issue where over 330,000 people who once paid income taxes and are not now is the biggest issue. What should these people be paying (as far as income tax)? That will be the question and issue that we can work out in the session.

Read the original article here.

Givens files for 14th District Senate Seat


Career special educator Bruce Givens of El Dorado announced he has filed with the Kansas Secretary of State for the 14th District Kansas Senate seat for the August Republican Primary.

Givens was born in Coffeyville, raised in Arkansas City, and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education and educational administration from Emporia State University. He currently serves as assistant director of special education with the Butler County Special Education Cooperative.

Read the original story here.

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