2016 Legislative Update - Issue 4

It was a busy week at the Capitol.  The House voted against radically altering how our Supreme Court Justices are selected, January revenue was short $6.8 million, a committee made several changes to the Governor’s budget and the school consolidation bill had a hearing.  Committees continue to meet and they are starting to hear more and more bills.  It is expected the House will debate the budget early next week with the Senate soon to follow. 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   Continue reading

2016 Legislative Update - Issue 3

There was a lot of activity at the Topeka Capitol this week as individuals, groups and local elected officials attended events and visited with Legislators about matters before the Kansas Legislature.  This week we also celebrated “Kansas Day”!  Kansas entered the Union as the 34th state on January 29, 1861 making 2016 Kansas 155th birthday!  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

2016 Legislative Update - Issue 2

During the first 2 weeks of the Kansas Legislature committee work has started with informational briefings, hearings and bill introductions.   Committee meetings are open to the public and you can find the agendas and minutes posted on line at www.kslegislature.org .  Sessions for both the House and Senate are also available via live-stream and can be accessed at the same link. 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   Continue reading

2016 Legislative Update - Issue 1

The 2016 Session of the Kansas Legislature began on Monday, January 11th.   My committee assignments this year include the House Judiciary Committee, General Government Budget and Vision 2020.  The calendar will remain full over the next few weeks as bills are introduced and committees begin their work.  Complete daily calendars are available  here.   In addition to my newsletter, I am working to keep constituents more informed via Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow me at https://www.facebook.com/PamCurtisKCK/ and https://twitter.com/pcurtiskck 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

2015 Legislative Update - End of Session

The 2015 legislative session finally adjourned on Friday June 12th.  It was the longest session in Kansas history lasting 113 days - 23 days longer than the typical 90 day session.  Progress this session was continuously stalled by Republican infighting and gridlock, as the legislature debated how to finance the 2016 budget. I will have to return to Topeka next Friday, June 26th, for the ceremonial last day of the legislative session, known as Sine Die.   Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 13

The legislature is in overtime and is now on day 96 of what should have been a 90-day session. Neither the House nor the Senate has been able to come to an agreement on how to fix the state’s looming budget deficit and unfortunately Governor Brownback and Republican leadership in both chambers have decided to take a passive role in the process rather than working to come up with common sense solutions for the issues facing our state.  Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 12

The 2015 Legislative Session should come to a close this week as we approach the 90th Day. However, there are issues that were not resolved during the regular session that still must be addressed before final adjournment. Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 11

I am proud to represent you, and the 32nd district in the Kansas House of Representatives.   This 2015 session is proving to be challenging as the state’s fiscal crisis continues. When the Legislature returns in late April,  difficult choices will need to be made about the state’s budget. As proposals move forward, I will consider any plan that is fair, equitable, and sustainable and puts the needs of middle class families like yours and mine first. The most important part of my job is to listen to you, my constituents. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance. Thank you for your ongoing support. I look forward to continuing our work to improve our district and this great state. Sincerely, Pam CurtisState Representative District 32 Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 10

It was a busy week under the dome as joint conference committees of the House and Senate met to negotiate compromises between bills that have passed both chambers. The regular session came to an end on Friday and the House adjourned without voting on a budget. The legislature will reconvene the week of April 27th and will focus on outstanding matters like the budget and a potential revenue package. Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 9

Last week was an eventful week in the Kansas Legislature. We spent all day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on the House floor debating and passing almost 30 pieces of legislation. Thursday and Friday were reserved for conference committee meetings where appointed members of the House and of the Senate met to work bills that had been passed by both chambers. Continue reading