Welcome! I currently represent District 39 in the Kansas House of Representatives. District 39 is located in Shawnee.
Taking Action to Help Kansans
In the 2021 Kansas legislative session, I've been working to help Kansas individuals, families and businesses emerge from the pandemic with strength and resolve. Already, we've accomplished some improvements:
• I have led the effort to eliminate the waiting list for services for more than 5,000 Kansans with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.
• We are extending programs that help the economic development and future growth of our state.
• We have addressed laws that needed to change because of court decisions. If we had not done so, guilty people might have gotten away with crime or been released too soon.
• We have taken action on bills requested by the Department of Agriculture to help farmers.
• We have ensured that the citizens of Kansas have the right to place basic regulations on the abortion industry to protect both mothers and babies.
• We are identifying ways to restore educational progress among students affected by pandemic shutdowns.
Read my latest news here.
Legislative Priorities - From Owen's Desk
As many of you know, the Kansas legislative session came to a close early in 2020 due to COVID-19 and we were not able to pass all the legislation that we had hoped to pass this year. 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, I’m prepared to lead the effort to address these unmet needs and remain a good steward of taxpayers’ money.
Specifically, I will 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, and passing the Value them Both Constitutional Amendment,
• 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 have not received their benefits.
• Stop playing politics with the pandemic response - Gov. Kelly's handling of the shutdowns have not included bi-partisan legislative support, but have significantly affected jobs and the Kansas economy.
• Utilize a portion of school districts' reserve funds ($1 billion) to stabilize K-12 education funding and encourage more focus on student outcomes and school accountability. See my plan to fund education without raising taxes.
• Create job growth in Kansas through industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, defense and medicine.
See my plan to grow the economy without raising taxes.
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. 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 can get 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."Things to consider next legislative session:
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This May we wrapped up the 2021 Kansas Legislative Session with a host of accomplishments to benefit Kansas taxpayers and relief and provisions for Kansas most vulnerable citizens. I will highlight some of our key accomplishments, which were made possible by Republican majorities who are putting Kansas people first.
The Legislature adjourned its Veto Session May 7, wrapping up its work five days ahead of the 90-day schedule. During the Veto Session, we overrode five of the Governor’s vetoes, passed a budget including fully funding for K-12 schools and expanded school scholarships, and implemented additional COVID relief to help kickstart the economy. Read the full report.
In the 2021 session, I sit on the Social Services Budget, Education and Financial Institutions and Rural Development Committees. In this legislative update, I’ll address the state unemployment crisis and touch on highlights in other key areas.
As many of you know, the Kansas legislative session came to a close early due to COVID-19 and we were not able to pass all the legislation that we had hoped to pass this year. In this column, I will highlight the most pressing needs that need priority attention in the next legislative session, including addressing the social services waiting list. As your representative in western Shawnee, I’m prepared to lead the effort to address these unmet needs and remain a good steward of taxpayers’ money.
Gov. Laura Kelly Saturday, March 28, 2020, signed a temporary statewide stay-home directive excluding essential activities and taking effect on Monday, March 30, in response to escalation of coronavirus cases in Kansas.
Gov. Kelly said the executive order to suspend activities recognized the capacity of COVID-19 infection to escalate and a key role the public could play in restraining it by limiting interaction among people. The order will remain in place until April 19 and won’t be lifted until consistent evidence of a declining infection rate is in hand. It does permit exceptions that include leaving the home for reasons of personal health or safety, to secure supplies or services and for outdoor activities.
After a flurry of legislative actions, the Kansas Legislative session was suspended in March for the safety of legislators and staff at the Capitol. This is an important report of final legislative actions this month -- including passage of a budget. We are tentatively scheduled to return on April 27 for the veto session. You can get daily updates by following my Facebook page. Below are the final bills that were passed the last week of session, including the budget bill, and Gov. Kelly's executive orders.