2017 Legislative Update 7

It was a busy week with a lot of work in committees to both hear and work bills. So far this session the House has passed about 100 bills and the Senate has passed about 50. You can follow the legislative session online at: Kansas Legislature Website Enjoyed seeing so many visitors and constituent groups at the Capitol past - there was something happening every day! Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update 6

It was a very busy week as members of the Kansas House of Representatives spent most of the time on the floor debating and voting on various bills and amendments before turnaround day. We have reached the mid-way point of the 2017 session and the Kansas Legislature will resume work on March 6th after a short week-long break.  There is still a lot of work to do! 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 5

Last week was an incredibly busy one in the Kansas Legislature. I am pleased that a coalition of Democrats and Republicans in the Kansas House stood together to pass a comprehensive tax reform package. While HB 2178 is not perfect and may not be the final product, it is the first step towards restoring fiscal stability in our state. It sends a strong message regarding the House position that the "march to zero" income tax policy is no longer acceptable. On Friday, the Senate passed the same tax bill approved by the House and it is now on its way to the Governor. We are quickly approaching Turnaround Day, February 23rd, the last day to consider non-exempt bills in house of origin. Some committees will meet on Monday and then we will be on the House Floor the rest of the week. 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 4

It was a privilege to join Senator Pat Pettey and Representative Valdenia Winn at the League of Women Voters Community Forum on Saturday at the KCK Public Library. Legislative Forums provide an opportunity for us to share what is happening in the Kansas Legislature and also to gain valuable feedback from constituents. I appreciate those that took time to attend. On Tuesday a bill that I introduced, HB 2185, that would restore the ability for local government to require prevailing wage be paid on public projects had a hearing in the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee. In my testimony I stressed that this is not a mandate from the state and would be optional and at the discretion of local communities if they deem appropriate. We know that prevailing wage laws support a highly skilled and safe construction workforce that delivers construction projects more cost efficiently and improves the overall economic health of communities. I am hopeful that the committee will work HB 2185 and pass it out favorably so that it will advance to the full House for consideration. It is an honor to represent our community in the Kansas House of Representatives.  I very much appreciate your input on matters before the Kansas Legislature so please do not hesitate to contact me.  If I can be of service to you or anyone you know please call my office at 785-296-7371 or email me at pam.curtis@house.ks.gov  Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update 3

It was another busy week at the Capitol. Committees continue to meet and they are starting to hear and work more and more bills.  There were many familiar faces from home this week as organizations hosted Legislative Action Days, attended hearings and provided testimony on important issues!  I love seeing people from home and so appreciate the involvement from our community in matters before the Kansas Legislature – it is important and it does make a difference! It remains an incredible honor to represent our community in the Kansas House of Representatives.  While the Legislature is in Session, I do my best to stay in touch and keep you informed by email, and I spend countless hours every week helping my constituents solve problems.  If I can be of service to you or anyone you know please call my office at 785-296-7371 or email me at pam.curtis@house.ks.gov You can also follow the legislative session online at  www.kslegislature.org Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update 2

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 pam.curtis@house.ks.gov.  You can also follow the legislative session online at: www.kslegislature.org Continue reading

2017 Legislative Update #1

The 2017 Session of the Kansas Legislature began last week on Monday, January 9th.   My committee assignments for this year include: Government Technology and Security, Children and Senior's, Elections and the Judiciary Committee. The calendar will remain full over the next few weeks as bills are introduced and committees begin their work. You can follow the legislative session online at  www.kslegislature.org In addition to my newsletter, I am working to keep constituents more informed via Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow me on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here. 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

2016 Legislative Update - Special Session 2

The Kansas Legislature convened last week for a special session, after the Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling that the state was not funding all schools in Kansas equally. The session lasted only two days, and ended when a bi-partisan compromise passed late Friday. While the bill is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction, and most importantly – allocates $38 million in new money and prevents our schools from closing. Continue reading

2016 Legislative Update - Special Session

The legislature is back in Topeka for a special session to address school finance. As we discussed in prior weeks, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in May that the state was not providing school funding in an equitable manner and gave the legislature until June 30th to solve the problem.  Since the legislature did not address the ruling on Sine Die, Democrats started a petition requesting the governor to call a special session - which he finally did on June 7th.    Continue reading

2016 Legislative Update - Issue 11

This past week was a busy one on the House floor with the House debating and voting on over 40 bills.   This week we reached day 68 of the 90 day session and officially reached first adjournment on Thursday. The Legislature will return in late April for what is called the veto session to wrap up the remaining business of the session.  When the Legislature returns in April we will have updated revenue numbers on how much revenue the state expects to bring in for the remainder of the fiscal year.  It is widely expected that those numbers will not be good and the already existing budget deficit of roughly $47 million for the current fiscal year will be even bigger. We received very sad news this week of the passing of Mary Ann Flunder. Mary Ann, KCKCC Board of Trustees Member, was a leader that wore many hats and worked tirelessly to make our community a better place. She will certainly be missed and my deepest sympathy goes out to her family. It is an honor to represent our community in the Kansas House of Representatives.  I very much appreciate your input on matters before the Kansas Legislature so please do not hesitate to contact me.  If I can be of service to you or anyone you know please call my office at 785-296-7371 or email me at pam.curtis@house.ks.gov Continue reading