I currently represent District 39 in the Kansas House of Representatives. District 39 is located in Shawnee, one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas.
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. This summer, I am 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.
• Address the poor 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 school districts' unencumbered funds to fund K-12 education and encourage more focus on student outcomes and school accountability.
• Create job growth in Kansas through industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, defense and medicine.
Read more about priorities for the next legislative session here.
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A message from Rep. Donohoe:
Thank you to the voters of District 39! I appreciate your support and look forward to 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 email@example.com anytime.
For those of you across the state, I look forward to meeting you or getting reacquainted. I served in the House for 3 terms (2006-2012) and faithfully promoted lower taxes AND lower spending. Unfortunately, that didn't happen at the same time. So here's what I campaigned on:
Owen Donohoe brings values and financial integrity back to the Kansas Capitol.
Kansas has been through a lot in the last decade -- financial tumult, legislative division and threats to our values. It's time for a leader to set a better course for the future of our taxpayers, families, small businesses and most vulnerable citizens. It's time for a leader like Owen Donohoe in the Kansas House of Representatives.
"The legislature has lost its focus on representing the taxpayers," says Rep. Donohoe, explaining why he is seeking office after three successful terms ending in 2012.
"I want to bring the focus of the legislature back to supporting family values and fiscal accountability," Rep. Donohoe explains. "This is what the citizens want – accountability, transparency and a strong foundation of values in our policies."
Things to consider this legislative session:
NewsWednesday, June 3, 2020 2:25 PM
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.
Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:55 PM
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.
Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:00 PM
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.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:12 AM
I wanted to give you a brief update regarding COVID-19. It's important to remember this is not a political issue. This is a public health issue. The health and safety of all Kansans comes first, and it is the highest priority for me and my fellow legislators at this time. Governor Kelly has declared a state of emergency. I am working with the members of the Governor’s public health team and other legislators in both houses to make sure our first responders, health care providers and communities have all they need to help slow the spread of the virus and treat those who may have it. Get updates here.
Sunday, March 8, 2020 9:03 PM
We have reached the midway point this session. Some important dates that are coming up are March 25th which is the last day to consider non-exempt bills not in originating chamber, and Friday, April 3 which is Drop Dead Day/First Adjournment which means there will be no bills considered after this day except bills vetoed by the Governor or Omnibus Appropriation bills. Learn the latest on key legislation, including the Value them Both Constitutional Amendment, Medicare expansion, and many others in my update.