2018 Legislative Update 5

We just completed week 5 of the 2018 Kansas Legislative Session and are quickly approaching “Turnaround Day”, February 22nd, which is the last day to consider non-exempt bills in the house of origin. Continue reading

2018 Legislative Update 4

It was another busy week at the Capitol as we completed week 4 of the 2018 Kansas Legislative Session. On Tuesday, Members of the Wyandotte County and Leavenworth County Delegation met with representatives of the Board of Public Utilities to share information and discuss matters before the Kansas Legislature. The fast pace will continue this week with committee work in full swing and bill introduction deadlines approaching. There are also many informational briefings for Legislators to attend and constituent groups visiting the Capitol. You can also follow the legislative session online at  www.kslegislature.org Continue reading

2018 Legislative Update 3

Many thanks to everyone that visited the Capitol this past week! Week 3 brought many local officials to Topeka for annual meetings and opportunities to visit with Legislators about matters before the Kansas Legislature.  It is always good to see people from home at the Capitol! Much of our work currently is in committee with both informational and bill hearings and we are starting to work some of the bills that have been heard the past few weeks. Monday, January 29th is the deadline for members to request that a bill be drafted for consideration this session. Continue reading

2018 Legislative Update 2

The 2018 Kansas Legislative Session is off to a fast pace with committee hearings, informational briefings and constituent groups visiting the Statehouse to meet with elected officials about matters before the Kansas Legislature. I am fortunate to have excellent help in Topeka this session! Gentry Thiesen, a student at Wichita State University, is working with me as an intern and office assistant and Miranda Rheuport, a student at the University of Kansas, is serving as an intern. I enjoy having students serve as interns and learn as much from them as they perhaps do from the experience. I appreciate having both Gentry and Miranda helping me out this year. During the Legislative session students ages 12 and older have the opportunity to serve as a Legislative Page. Being a Legislative Page is a great way for students to experience the legislative process first hand. Please let me know if you have a student that is interested in spending the day with me as a Legislative Page. Click here for additional information about the program.  Continue reading

2018 Legislative Update 1

The 2018 Kansas Legislative Session began on Monday, January 8th. The legislature has several major issues to address this year, and we are ready to get to work on finding commonsense, bipartisan solutions. Kansas works better when we work together. We look forward to strengthening the bipartisan coalition that enabled us to make positive changes last year and building on that coalition to continue to work for the good of every Kansan. Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update 12

The second week of veto session was quite busy. While the major issues are still to be addressed, the K-12 Education budget committee continues to work on a school finance formula in attempts to comply with the Gannon ruling on adequacy. The Senate ran a tax plan on Thursday (those details below), and Kansas House Democrats continue to stand behind our message – schools first. Earlier this year I was appointed to serve on the Joint Information Technology Committee that met on Wednesday. We had a presentation on the Kansas Fusion Center and are very much focused on issues related to cyber security. I also served on the House Tax Committee to fill in for a Representative that had a conflict. We heard and worked several bills one of which will provide an exemption to the local property tax lid for employment benefits costs. 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, Kansas Statehouse, 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 pam.curtis@house.ks.gov Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update 11

The Kansas legislature reconvened for the veto session on Monday, May 1st. There are three major issues that remain to be addressed and resolved: a fair tax plan, an adequate school finance formula, and a structurally balanced budget. Medicaid expansion is high on the list, as well as gun safety laws (particularly on college campuses and in state hospitals). 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, Kansas Statehouse, 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 pam.curtis@house.ks.gov You can also follow the Legislative Session online at www.kslegislature.org   Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update 10

Sadly, the vote in the Kansas House this morning failed to override the Governor’s veto of the Medicaid Expansion Bill. A total of 84 yes votes were needed to override the veto. The vote was 81 to 44 so it failed by only 3 votes. See more below on what took place last week. The Legislature has a busy week ahead as we approach first adjournment or “Drop Dead Day” on April 7th. No bills will be considered after this date except bills vetoed by the governor, omnibus appropriations act and omnibus reconciliations spending limit bill. The Legislature will reconvene on May 1st for the Veto Session. 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, Kansas Statehouse, 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 pam.curtis@house.ks.gov Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update 9

I continue to push for the Kansas House to pass legislation to allow prevailing wage be paid on public projects. On Thursday I offered an amendment on the floor to allow prevailing wage be paid on state public projects. Numerous studies have been conducted that show the benefits of paying prevailing wage to the economic health of our local communities and to our state. Prevailing wage helps maintain a high quality construction workforce and provide workers with the income needed to provide for themselves and their families. In Wyandotte County we have seen first hand the benefits of paying prevailing wage, an option that was taken away from local government by the Kansas Legislature 3 years ago. I will continue to fight to restore the local option for prevailing wage. House Standing Committees, except for exempt committees, completed their work for the session this past week. We will spend most of the coming week on the House Floor to consider those bills that have passed out of committee. 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, Kansas Statehouse, 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 pam.curtis@house.ks.gov.  Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update 8

It was a very busy week as committee work continues as well as consideration of bills on the Floor of the Kansas House. We had a special treat on Friday as former Senator Richard Gannon joined us to play his traditional bagpipes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Thursday was a day of environmental advocacy and outreach, WEALTH Day, at the Capitol. Over 200 people joined together under the dome to discuss Kansas WEALTH, water, energy, air, land, transportation, and health. It was my pleasure to participate in the WEALTH program and speak about the importance of Air. On Friday I joined other members of the House Elections Committee for a presentation and tour at the Shawnee County Election Commission Office. I appreciated the opportunity for this very informative and interesting hands-on discussion of election administration, processes, and new equipment. Thank you to everyone that visited me this week at the Capitol. 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, Kansas Statehouse, 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 pam.curtis@house.ks.gov.   Continue reading