The 2017 legislative session was one for the record-books, but in a good way. We dealt with a number of hot-topic issues: passed a biennial (two-year) budget, a balanced tax plan, an attempt at Medicaid Expansion, and a school finance plan, in addition to dozens of other bills important for Kansans across the state. This newsletter will provide a broad overview of a handful of bills of general interest, but there are other bills speci c to your industry and family which you will nd detailed in the following updates from the Kansas Legislative Research Department:
In early September, Tyson Foods announced that, after receiving support from some of the state and local leaders representing Leavenworth County, they had plans to open a poultry complex in Tonganoxie. I do not believe that Tonganoxie is a good fit for a poultry plant and am concerned about the environmental effects of a poultry complex being located in our community. The known negative aspects of this development strongly outweighed the potential benfits. Many of you shared these concerns with me and were vocal and proactive after the announcement of these plans. Thankfully, on September 19th, Tyson Foods released an open letter to the Leavenworth County Community stating that the plans would be put on hold after Leavenworth County Commissioners retracted their support and “resolution of intent,” a pledge of $500 million in revenue bonds to build the plant. Tyson Foods states that they are still interested in the Leavenworth County location, “but will prioritize the other locations in Kansas and other states that have expressed support.“ I have included a link to the Tyson Foods’ statement in its entirety here.