The 2023 Kansas Legislative Session is completed
The voters of the 39th District in Shawnee and Lake Quivira, Kansas will have to wait another year for significant tax relief in Kansas. The governor vetoed our Republican proposal to return some of the $3 billion surplus to the taxpayers. Learn how Gov. "No Compromise" Kelly played petty games with legislators and refused to work with elected colleagues in my recent highlights of the 2023 session.
You can follow the legislature's progress in my Legislative Reports here, and sign up to receive them as they are published.
Taking Action to Help Kansans
In the 2021-22 Kansas legislative session, I've been working to help Kansas individuals, families and businesses emerge from the pandemic with strength and resolve. Here are some key accomplishments:
• I have led the effort to eliminate the waiting list for services for more than 5,000 Kansans with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.
• Fully funding education and working to restore educational progress among students affected by pandemic shutdowns.
• Supporting programs that help the economic development and future growth of our state.
• Fighting for more tax relief - so you'll have more money in your paycheck and to help people retire tax free.
• We have addressed laws that help prevent convicted criminals get away with crime or be released too soon.
Legislative Priorities - From Owen's Desk
As many of you know, the Kansas legislative session addressed a number of important issues for families and individuals in the Shawnee & Lake Quivira areas. Since then, I have been highlighting the most pressing needs that need priority attention in the next legislative session. As your representative in western Shawnee/Lake Quivira, I’m prepared to lead the effort to address these unmet needs and remain a good steward of taxpayers’ money.
Specifically, I will continue to work to address these key priorities:
• Avoid tax increases - I have always been a Champion of the Taxpayer and have demanded accountability
• Eliminate waiting lists for social services - services for persons with disabilities and mental health issues should be the first services funded by the legislature
• Protecting the sanctity of life to the extent possible under law
• Eliminate pensions for legislators - KPERS pensions should not be given to part-time legislators. I have refused it.
• Improve the operation of the KS Unemployment office - too many Kansans did not receive their benefits during and after the pandemic.
• Utilize a portion of school districts' reserve funds ($4+ billion) to stabilize K-12 education funding and encourage more focus on student outcomes and school accountability. See my plan to fully fund education without raising taxes.
• Create job growth in Kansas through industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, defense and medicine.
Owen Donohoe brings values and financial integrity to the Kansas Capitol.
Kansas has been through a lot in the last decade -- financial tumult, legislative division and threats to our values. Now we face growing inflation and taxes. Rep. Owen Donohoe is a leader who can set a better course for the future of our taxpayers, families, small businesses and most vulnerable citizens. A leader like Owen Donohoe in the Kansas House of Representatives is getting things done.
"The legislature has lost its focus on representing the taxpayers," says Rep. Donohoe, explaining why he is seeking re-election.
"I want to bring the focus of the legislature back to supporting strong values and fiscal accountability," Rep. Donohoe explains. "My experience in the legislature can help accomplish this. This is what the citizens want – accountability, transparency and a strong foundation of values in our policies."
Ongoing Legislative Updates:
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A message from Rep. Donohoe:
I appreciate your support of District 39 citizens and I am upholding the conservative values you elected me to represent in Topeka, as your 39th District Representative in the Kansas House. Let's keep the lines of communication open -- email me with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
I have been critical of various issues over a number of years -- educational outcomes, excessive taxation, and government spending in general – with good reason. But after the 2023 legislative session, it’s apparent that the root problem preventing the improvement of these issues is the lack of true leadership in our state Capitol. The governor’s recent vetoes of key legislation show her true colors, none of which put citizens like you first. The fact that significant tax reform didn't happen is the result of her pettiness and lack of compromise, even with members of her own party.
We have concluded our committee work in the House, and have been working to pass a lot of important policy through the House Chamber before we move on this week to bills coming out of conference committees.While the House Democrats focus on partisan antics, my fellow Republicans have been doing the heavy lifting to deliver broad and sustainable tax relief and a fiscally responsible budget to the people we serve here in Kansas. As always, I have been looking out for the taxpayers of the 39th District in Shawnee and Lake Quivira, working to protect freedoms, reduce the burden of taxes and unnecessary regulations, and prioritize student-centered education and parental rights. See the current highlights.
As I promised in my campaign, I’m working to prioritize our most vulnerable Kansans and eliminate waiting lists for services for individuals with disabilities. I’m also working to eliminate state taxes on social security and retirement income. Other major issues this legislative session include education (which accounts for more than half the state budget), tax relief to return much of our $3 billion surplus to you, and prudent balanced budgeting for the KPERS retirement system. We also just passed the Women's Bill of Rights. In this update, I'll go in depth on a student-centered proposal to improve outcomes and give parents control of their children's education. Read on.
We voted on several dozen bills on the House floor last week and passed several more out of my committees. You'll find a complete list of the bills passed – as well as how I voted – by clicking the name of this post. You can also read about highlights from our recent days in session.
More than 400 pieces of legislation were introduced this week and we voted on 8 bills that made it out of committees to the House floor. See how I voted and learn about all the latest happenings.