The following Kansas legislative newsletter is provided to the clients and association members of Bright & Carpenter Consulting, Inc.
Legislative Session Preview

Lawmakers return to Topeka for the start of the 2022 Kansas Legislative Session on Monday, January 10, with a record ending balance of $4.2 billion in the State General Fund. With tax revenues drastically exceeding estimates every month this fiscal year, expect to see some tension around how that money is spent. From expanding state government programs to providing tax cuts to their constituents during an election year, legislators are coming back with their ideas and proposals in hand.
Governor Laura Kelly has cautioned the Legislature to not overspend this legislative session, warning that much of the excess revenue was one-time federal stimulus dollars that came to Kansas during the pandemic. She has, however, proposed a $900 million tax cut plan that includes elimination of Kansas’ 6.5% sales tax on food. That is estimated to cost the state $450 million. The other $445 million would be given as a $250 per taxpayer bonus this spring. The Governor’s State of the State address will be on Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Both House and Senate Tax Committee chairs have indicated a desire to clean up Kansas’ tax code, so a special, joint committee met in November for a “deep dive” in preparation for the 2022 legislative session. Two of the main recommendations to come out of that interim meeting include removing all unused tax credits and deduction programs currently in statute and developing a statewide energy policy plan that establishes equal and fair taxation across all segments of energy production. We also expect to see introduction of a constitutional amendment that caps annual government spending increases and requires a two-thirds majority vote to raise taxes.
Other issues that were gearing up for primetime during much of the interim include reapportionment of congressional and state legislative districts, responding to vaccine mandates on businesses coming down from the federal government, and distribution of SPARK funds for local economic recovery from the pandemic. Continued efforts toward expanding Medicaid and school choice programs could also be on the agenda.
With the Governor, Attorney General, and all 125 House Representatives up for reelection this year, there will be added pressure onto lawmakers looking for positive votes on which they can campaign.
With COVID cases on the rise again, there’s some uncertainty around Statehouse protocol. All committee rooms are fully capable for audio and visual streaming, and procedures are set for virtual participation from the public if necessary. There’s been no talk of social distancing or mask requirements in the building. For now, it appears to be business as usual.
As we start 2022, we look forward to continuing to represent our clients under the dome and will keep you informed as these issues and more unfold throughout the session. Happy New Year!
Governor Kelly's
State of the State Address
Tuesday, January 11, 6:30 p.m.

The address will be delivered in person to a joint session of the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate. Broadcast details have not yet been announced.
Committee Change-up

Senate Republicans named three new committee chairs/vice chairs:

  • Sen. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, will be the chair of Federal and State Affairs.
  • Sen. Virgil Peck, R-Havana, will be the vice chair of Assessment and Taxation.
  • Sen. Renee Erickson, R-Wichita, will be the chair of Commerce.

Senate Democrats made no changes.

House Republicans named five new committee chairs/vice chairs:

  • Rep. Emil Bergquist, R-Park City, will be the chair of Elections. Jesse Borjon, R-Topeka, will be the vice chair.
  • Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, will be the chair of Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications.
  • Rep. Stephen Owens, R-Hesston, will be the chair of Corrections/Juvenile Justice. Rep. Eric Smith, R-Burlington, will be the vice chair.

House Democrats named four new ranking minority members:

  • Rep. Lindsay Vaughn, D-Overland Park, will be the ranking on the Water Committee.
  • Rep. Virgil Weigel, D-Topeka, will be the ranking on the Veterans/Military Committee.
  • Rep. Susan Ruiz will be the ranking on Health and Human Services.
  • Rep. Mari-Lynn Poskin, D-Leawood, will be the ranking on Transportation and Public Safety Budget.

For full committee lists and schedules, visit or see the links at the bottom of this email.
Legislative Toolkit
Bright and Carpenter Consulting has developed a Legislative Toolkit with documents and websites to keep near for when you're called to advocate.

Live Streaming Upgrades

All committee rooms in the Kansas Statehouse and both the House and Senate chambers are equipped for audio and visual streaming for the public. This allows you to listen to lawmakers introduce legislation, debate bills, and follow issues that are important to you.

To access live streams of legislative proceedings, visit and click on "Audio/Video" in the upper right hand corner.
Ask a Librarian

The Kansas State Library will still have its legislative information hotline this year, providing toll-free information on legislation, bill status, legislative procedures, and contact information from the reference/research librarians. All questions regarding Kansas government are welcome.

Access the Ask the Librarian live chat at or call the toll-free Legislative Hotline at 800-432-3924.
2022 Legislative Calendar
Session Begins @ 2:00 p.m.
January 10

State of the State Address @ 6:30 p.m.
January 11

Kansas Day
January 29

Last Day for Bill Introductions
February 11

Last Day Committees Meet
February 21

Turnaround Day
(last day to consider non-exempt bills in house of origin)
February 24

Last Day to Consider Non-exempt Bills
March 18

Drop Dead Day & First Adjournment
April 1

Veto Session Begins
April 25