The Kansas Legislature is off to a very fast pace with committee hearings, informational briefings and constituent groups visiting the Statehouse to meet with elected officials about matters before the Kansas Legislature.
This week I introduced a bill, HB 2185, in the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee that would allow local government to require prevailing wage be paid on public projects. Below are comments I provided at a press conference about the proposed legislation:
"Like my colleague, the focus of my legislation is easing the regulations and restrictions of the state over local government units. We can help ensure that Kansas’ local communities are successful by allowing local government officials the capability to adopt policies that fit the nature of their individual communities, policies that are supported by their citizens.
I’ve introduced a bill that would allow for local governments to establish prevailing wages for public projects. This is a tool that has been used before here in Kansas in both Sedgwick and Wyandotte Counties. Studies prove that public project, paying a prevailing wage, tend to be completed early, under budget, and decreases the cost of the project. Another benefit of prevailing wage is that the money paid to project workers stays within the community, boosting local economies and development."
A special thank you to Stella Manspeaker, Tatum Church and Lily Salazar for serving as Legislative Pages this week. Being a Legislative Page is a great way for students to experience the legislative process first hand and I enjoyed having them spend the day with me.
It is an honor to serve as your state representative. I both value and need your input on issues facing state government. Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions. My office address is Room 452-S, 300 SW 10th, Topeka, KS 66612. You can reach me at (785) 296-7430 or call the legislative hotline at 1-800-432-3924 to leave a message for me. Additionally, you can e-mail me at email@example.com. You can also follow the legislative session online at: www.kslegislature.org
Support for Working Kansans
Wednesday, January 25th, the Kansas House and Senate Democrats held a joint press conference, alongside Kansas’ labor unions, to roll out several pieces of legislation to help reinforce and strengthen the rights and protections for working men and women in Kansas.
The bills introduced are as follows:
Paid Time Off – To Be Introduced
Fair Scheduling – To Be Introduced
Choice of Care
Prevailing Wage – HB 2185
Concealed Carry Hearing
On Thursday, January 26th, the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing over Senate Bill 53. This bill would grant a permanent exemption from the concealed carry laws in public buildings, specifically state-run hospitals and universities. The vote on this bill will happen sometime next week.
This issue took on a whole new meaning when, just prior to the hearing, it was revealed that a Republican House member had stormed out of an Education Committee meeting, accidentally leaving his loaded handgun on the floor of the room. This sort of incident is a prime example as to why legislators want to enact SB 53.
Healthcare Bills Passed through the House
It was a relatively light week on the floor, but we did have votes on four healthcare bills. One healthcare bill was formally passed, and the rest passed on a voice vote – final action will occur Monday, January 30th, but all three are expected to pass.
Sunday, January 29th, is the day we commemorate the anniversary of Kansas becoming a state on January 29th, 1861.