The Legislature returned for two veto sessions to wrap up those items that were still pending from the regular session, consider any vetoes, and update the budget based on new financial information.
The Legislature has concluded the majority of its work for the session, though a few key items remain to wrap up during the Veto Session. We spent the last week of session working through differences in versions of bills between the House and Senate. All bills passed up to this point have been presented to the Governor for her consideration. The Legislature will have the opportunity to consider veto overrides on any bill the Governor decides to veto when we return to Topeka on April 25. Read the full recap by clicking on the title.
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.
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.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has endorsed Owen Donohoe for State Representative in Kansas District 39.
Donohoe has consistently been endorsed by small business owners (NFIB) and the business community (Kansas Chamber of Commerce), because of his commitment to economic growth, prudent development and low taxes that attract and retain businesses in Kansas.
"Owen Donohoe is committed to support small business and free enterprise," NFIB State Director Dan Murray says. "He's committed to ensuring a common sense regulatory, labor and tax environment that will help small businesses grow and create jobs."
Owen Donohoe, former three-term State Representative for the 39th District in Kansas, has filed for the Republican primary for the State House of Representatives.
In his three terms as State Representative representing the citizens of Shawnee, Rep. Donohoe was known as a "Champion of the Taxpayer" and a strong, pro-life supporter of family values.
"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 and a strong foundation of values in our policies."