Last week, the Kansas legislature returned from turnaround. Both chambers have returned to the Statehouse to continue to work and pass bills, as well as address bills from the opposite chambers.
The legislature still has several big issues to address, including school finance and a budget bill.
I serve as the ranking member on the House Government Technology and Security Committee and the two cyber-security bills that we worked on were approved by the full House. This is a good first step in strengthening the state’s cyber-security measures. Both of these bills, referenced below, are now headed to the Senate for consideration.
It is a special honor to serve as your state representative. I both value and need your input on the various 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.
Expert Witness in Gannon Case Presentation
On Friday, February 23rd, Lori Taylor, the out-of-state expert witness hired by Republican leadership in the Kansas school finance case, presented her methodology to members of the legislature and Education committees. Taylor is conducting a study that ideally will advise the legislature how much money it will take to fund schools – and to fund them in a way that would satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court’s order.
Taylor’s full report and findings are due to the legislature on March 15th. The Kansas Supreme Court gave the legislature a deadline of April 30th this year to present a suitable school funding bill.
This Week on the House Floor
This week, the House worked and passed the following bills on the floor:
Sub HB 2332: This bill will amend the membership of and the frequency of required meetings for the Information Technology Executive Council (ITEC). Membership of ITEC would decrease from 17 members to 15 members.
Sub HB 2359: This bill creates the Kansas Cybersecurity Act.