The Bowers Bulletin
Senate Scene - 2015 Kansas Senate Wrap-up
On the 113th day of session, June 12, 2015 (known now as the longest session on record) the Senate and House reached a compromise on a tax proposal. Session officially ended on June 26th Sine Die, with the ceremonial closing. There were a total of 311 Senate bills introduced; 39 to date signed by the Governor, 1 vetoed, 1 line-item vetoed, 19 Senate bills killed in the Senate and 13 Senate bills killed in the House. Of the remaining 238 Senate bills carried over into the 2016 session; 162 of these are still in Senate committees, 54 in House committees, 15 remaining on the Senate calendar and 7 on the House calendar.
The Kansas Senate approved HB 2109, which was the tax proposal debated for nearly a month. For weeks the Legislature was at an impasse on tax policy determining which way the state should approach the $400 million shortfall in state revenue that is currently required to balance our state budget. Sadly, much of the policy was crafted on the Senate floor skipping the usual committee hearing process with testimony from people across the state – both pro and con.