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

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 8

The next two weeks will be extremely busy as we work bills prior to what is referred to as “Drop Dead Day” on April 3rd.  No bills will be considered after this date except bills vetoed by the Governor, Omnibus Appropriations Act and Omnibus Reconciliations spending limit bill.  Last Wednesday was the last day to consider bills not in House of origin except by “exempt” committees. I want to thank all of you that have called and emailed me to express your opinion about bills and matters before the Kansas Legislature. Your input is very important and helpful. Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 7

This past week it was a pleasure to have 3 students, Daniel, Zel and Daniel, from Bethel Neighborhood Center serve as pages. The students did a great job running errands for Legislators and were very attentive during a long floor debate.  Continue reading

Legislative Update - Issue 6

The primary election for local offices is this Tuesday, March 3rd and your participation is very important. If you have not already voted, please remember to do so on Tuesday at your polling location. If you have any questions about the election contact the Wyandotte County Election Office at 913-573-8500. Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 5

My congratulations and best wishes to Joe Reardon who was named President/CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority this week.  Joe made public transportation a priority during his tenor as Mayor, and I have no doubt that he will do an excellent job leading our regional transit authority. As Joe stated, ”Public transportation is the glue that holds communities together!” Continue reading