March 29, 2019

Capitol Connection is your weekly report from KAC's Director of Government Relations Adrienne Olejnik on happenings at the Statehouse and issues affecting Kansas children and families. For more updates, like KAC on  Facebook  and follow us on Twitter .

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This week

The week started on a high note with the announcement of Gov. Laura Kelly vetoing SB 22. The governor explained: "We cannot fix our state if we repeat the mistakes of the past. I refuse to endorse another round of fiscally reckless policies similar to those that left us the mess that my team is working so hard to clean up. The days of unbalanced budgets and mismanagement are over."

Republican Rep. Jan Kessinger and Republican Sen. John Skubal weighed in the same day in the Kansas City Star, voicing their opposition to SB 22 and support of a veto.

KAC is watching

The week continued to heat up in the House, with legislators working late into the night on tough issues including the House Substitute for SB 16, an education policy bill; concealed carry amendments; due process amendments; and medical marijuana provisions.
 
Conference committees between the Senate and House began Wednesday afternoon to work out differences in each chamber's budgets -- that work will continue next week, along with other conference committees working on other bills.
 
We should expect a flurry of work next week in the Capitol, as it is the final week before a long April break. Legislators will return May 1st for the veto session.

Just for fun

Spring is in the air, and summer is just a short time away. This summer I'd love to get around the state more and experience the beauty and history of Kansas with my family. I'm making a list of places we can explore in the coming years.

If you have a must-see suggestion, tweet it to me at @KACadrienne. I'll try to highlight some of these trips these summer, so make sure to follow, and I'll follow you back!

See you next week,
-- Adrienne