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Dear Friend: 

On March 8th I visited with Jared Gudenkauf and Michael Turner about financial planning education in Kansas. 


How fun to meet the Miss Kansas Pageant winners for this past year.

I was pleased to have Emily Horner, a senior from Fairfield High School, shadow me on March 9th. That same day, it was wonderful to have Drew Keller and Eddie Leopold from Westwood View School serve as pages in the Senate. 


SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA
In 2015 the legislature voted to end the school funding formula and replace it with block grants for two years. Since that time, the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled on the Gannon school funding lawsuit and determined that the block grants are unconstitutional and that a funding formula must be delivered to the Court by June 30th of this year. This past week the Senate President established a special committee to construct a formula and I am pleased to be a part of that committee. We had our first meeting last Thursday and have scheduled three more meetings for this coming week.
 
Having spent numerous hours studying the old formula and investigating public school funding around the country and world, I do not believe we can produce a new formula from the Senate before we break for First Adjournment on April 7th. That being said, the House appears to be in position to produce a bill within the next week. Know that I will be working hard with the other members of the special committee to fully vet the House proposal and establish a Senate position on this critical issue. My hope is that we can move beyond the criticisms of the old formula and come together to equitably and adequately fund our public education students in a 21st century model. Feel free to contact me if you have comments or ideas on this issue.

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Contact Barbara

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Mission Hills, KS 66208
barbarabollier@gmail.com
Cell: 913-485-2121

In Topeka (Jan-May): 
300 SW 10th, Room 237-East
Topeka, KS 66612
Office: 785-296-7390
SENATE FLOOR ACTION
Following a week of having no bills heard before the entire Senate, this past week saw numerous bills worked and passed. My pledge to all of you is to send out a newsletter only when there is enough happening to be newsworthy. This past week definitely hit that criteria!
 
Below you will find some of the bills that were passed by the Senate last week:
 
SENATE SUBSTITUTE FOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HB 2052 – RESCISSION BILL Because the Governor refused to balance this year’s budget, which has a nearly $350 million hole, the legislature is taking on that task. This past week we debated the rescission bill to bring this fiscal year’s budget into balance. During the debate, I joined a coalition of Senators to successfully fight off three separate attempts to cut school funding. The proposed amendments would have made mid-year cuts of up to $104 million from our K-12 schools. Click here to see my full explanation in the SM Post.
 
DEATH BENEFITS FOR KANSAS POLICE AND FIREFIGHTER SURVIVING SPOUSES (SB 137): On Thursday, the Senate debated SB 137, a bill that would allow the spouse of a Kansas police officer or firefighter the option to draw down an immediate lump-sum benefit equal to 100 percent of the member’s final average salary from the fallen officer’s benefits, if the member’s death was service-related. Current law only allows a family the option to draw down a lump-sum equal to 50 percent of the officer’s final average salary. This bill passed the Senate 40-0.
 
TAX BREAK FOR REPAIRING WILDFIRE DAMAGE (HB 2387): The Senate unanimously approved a state sales tax exemption for purchases of supplies to repair fencing burned in the wildfires that destroyed more than 650,000 acres in Kansas. HB 2387 would provide farmers and ranchers with a sales tax exemption for all property and services purchased during 2017 or 2018 necessary to construct, reconstruct, repair, or replace any fence used to enclose agricultural land that was damaged or destroyed by wildfires occurring in 2016 or 2017. This bill passed the Senate 40-0.
 
HMO PRIVILEGE FEE INCREASES (
SB 94): SB 94 increases the annual privilege fees assessed on every health maintenance organization to 5.77 percent for the reporting period, beginning July 1, 2017, and ending December 31, 2020. Money collected from the privilege fee is to be deposited to the credit of the State General Fund, except from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2018, when the money is to be deposited to the credit of the Medical Assistance Fee Fund. Federal draw-down money will be received as a result of the increase, which will alleviate the 4% cut to Medicaid providers that was voted in last year. This bill passed the Senate 27-13.
 
TELEPHONIC SIGNATURES (
SB 95) SB 95 would amend law for public assistance programs concerning telephonic signatures. The bill would require a telephonic signature by an applicant or an applicant’s authorized representative be accepted to fulfill any signature require for application for public assistance programs administered by the Secretary for Children and Families. The bill would make a telephonic signature an option for applicants, not a requirement. A telephonic signature would constitute a valid and legal signature. The bill passed the Senate 33-7.

KANSAS PROPANE SAFETY AND LICENSING ACT (
SB 83): SB 83 changes the definition in the Kansas Propane Safety and Licensing Act of “retail distribution of liquefied petroleum gas” to specify the term would not include the resale of pre-filled tanks less than five gallons in size and containing less than 20 pounds of liquefied petroleum gas. This bill passed the Senate 40-0.

PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AND PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT BONDS (
SB 55) SB 55 as amended, would revise the Kansas Fairness in Public Construction Contract Act by requiring a contractor involved in a public-private partnership (P3) agreement to provide performance and payment bonds. This bill passed the Senate 39-1.

ENFORCEMENT OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE CIGARETTE AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS ACT (
SB 96) SB 96 would make a number of amendments to the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Act designed to keep Kansas in compliance with the federal Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The bill passed the Senate 40-0.
 
ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, DEFINITIONS, ENFORCEMENT. (
SB 130). Under current law, a tax at the rate of $0.20 per milliliter of consumable material in electronic cigarettes was imposed as of January 1, 2017. The bill would delay the effective date of the tax to July 1, 2017, and would reduce the rate to $0.05 per milliliter. The bill passed the Senate 40-0.
 
AUTHORIZING THE KANSAS INTELLIGENCE FUSION CENTER (
SB 184) SB 184 enacts the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Act and establish the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center (KIFC). The KIFC is a collaboration among federal, state, local, and tribal agencies, as well as certain private-sector entities. The center helps with intelligence analysis and also will promote and improve intelligence sharing among public agencies at both the state and federal level. SB 184 also codifies the current practices of the KIFC. The bill passed the Senate 40-0.
 
OPEN MEETINGS; JUSTIFICATIONS FOR CLOSED OF EXECUTIVE MEETINGS (
SB 70) SB 70 would amend the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) with respect to closed or executive meetings. The bill would require any motion to recess for a closed or executive session to include a statement describing the subjects discussed during the session and also the justification for closing the meeting. The bill also would require the complete motion be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The bill passed the Senate 39-1.NEW SENATE TRANSPARENCY MEASURES
 
This past week, the Senate announced measures intended to increase transparency and accountability. These measures are part of an ongoing effort by several lawmakers, including myself, to ensure that our citizens can easily access information about the legislative committee process and their lawmaker’s voting records.The measures rolled out this past week include:
  • Live-streaming all Senate floor meetings. Beginning in the 2018 legislative session, the Senate Chamber will be equipped with video cameras and every Senate session will be live-streamed.
  • Live audio-streaming all full committee hearings. Beginning in the 2018 legislative session, all committee hearing rooms will be equipped with audio streaming devices, ensuring that all committee hearings will be live-streamed.
  • Listing bill requestors in official committee minutes. Effective immediately, official Senate committee meeting minutes will be required to reflect the name of the group/individual(s) who requested a bill to be introduced in that committee. This is designed to curtail ongoing attempts to “anonymously” introduce bills, preventing the public from knowing whether their lawmaker authored or promoted a specific bill.
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
  • Hearing on HB 2044, Establishing the KanCare bridge to a healthy Kansas program and providing Medicaid reimbursement for clubhouse rehabilitation services – [Senate Public Health and Welfare, March 20, 21, at 9:30am]
TUESDAY, MARCH 21
  • Hearing on HB 2158, providing for canvassing of advance ballots submitted by mail on election day – [Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government, March 21, at 9:30am]
  • Hearing on HB 2118, providing liability exceptions and inactive provider coverage limits under the health care provider insurance availability act and exempting certain licensed providers from the act – [Senate Financial; Institutions and Insurance, March 21, at 9:30am]
  • Hearing on HB 2071, sentencing for domestic battery, HB 2302, relating to the custody and disposition of cruelly treated animals, HB 2260, allowing probation revocation without graduated sanctions for persons on probation due to downward departure – [Senate Judiciary, March 21, at 10:30am]
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
  • Hearing on HB 2217, standards governing the use and administration of emergency opioid antagonists – [Senate Public Health and Welfare, March 22, at 9:30am]
2017 SESSION DATES AND DEADLINES:
Here are the upcoming dates and deadlines in this Legislative Session.
Friday, March 24 Last day for non-exempt bill introductions, non-exempt committees to meet
March 27-30 On the floor all day
Thursday, March 30 Last day for non-exempt bills in either house
Friday, March 31 No session
Friday, April 7 Drop dead day, first adjournment
Monday, May 1 Veto session begins
Sunday, May 14 Day 90
It is a privilege and an honor to serve as your Senator. Feel free to contact me by e-mail (Barbara.bollier@senate.ks.gov) or by contacting my assistant, Greg Davis, at 785-296-7390. You can follow my FB feed at Senator Barbara Bollier where I post articles that relate to Kansas politics.

Rep. Barbara Bollier
State Senator, District 7
Serving Northeast Johnson County
Copyright © 2017 Paid for by Bollier for Kansas Senate, Linda Manco, Treasurer, All rights reserved.


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