March 8, 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 first part of this week was spent in the office reconnecting with my colleagues and planning for our future endeavors. Resuming my time in the Capitol on Wednesday came with word that next steps on SB 22 would be happening on Thursday on the House floor, and we hit the ground running to share our concerns about the risky tax bill.



It occurred to me this week that some legislative bills deserve a promotion in the way we talk about them: not based on merit, but rather the time consumed. We have spent much time this session on SB 22 -- planning and strategizing, mapping the issue, and deploying tactics. Informally, it has been our Operation #Windfail. 

Many bills are filed and just live a simple life in the Document Services Room, and others find themselves on a journey that makes its way through all six levels of the Capitol, down 8th  Street, Jackson St., Kansas Ave., and beyond.  
 
KAC is watching

Today, the House voted to pass SB 22 on final action,   76-43. Only one of the amendments proposed yesterday was added to the bill, which changes the scope and definition of food within the food sales tax portion. SB 22 will now go to the Senate for concurrence, or the creation of a conference committee for further negotiation. 

If the Senate agrees to the bill as is, it will be sent to Gov. Laura Kelly for her consideration. We have been busy sending action alerts to our advocacy partners, stakeholders, and interested Kansans, and we thank all of you who have shared your concerns about this dangerous bill, which could destabilize the state's budget for years to come. More work to fight this tax bill will be forthcoming, and we will keep you in the loop.
 
If you missed our Twitter feed this week on SB 22, be sure to check it out!

Convention of the states: Next week, we'll be at a Federal and State Affairs hearing on Wednesday at 9 a.m. on   House Concurrent Resolution 5009, a resolution to call a convention of the states. This is a bill that pops up in the Capitol most years, and we plan to submit testimony in opposition. If you, as an individual, or your organization is concerned about the calling of a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution, please let us know.
 
Tax incentive review bills:  Since the session began, there has been much discussion in both chambers regarding reviews of tax incentives and tax exemptions -- several bills have been introduced and are in the works that would create systems for review of the programs. On Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Legislative Post Audit will be discussing the relevant bills HB 2006 and SB 204. Also, a related bill, HB 2043, passed out of House Taxation earlier in the session and remains "under the line" on the House calendar.

Just for fun

Today is International Women's Day. It inspired me to look back at the books I've read in the past year to see which ones were written by women around the world. I enjoyed every single one of these. Here's to reading a few more in 2019!
  • "Daughter of Fortune," by Isabel Allende (born in Peru, raised in Chile)
  • "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up," by Marie Kondo (Japan)
  • "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine," by Gail Honeyman (Scotland)
  • "Rebecca," by Daphne du Maurier (England)
  • "Sanditon," by Jane Austen (England)
  • "We Should All be Feminists" and "Dear Ijeawele," by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)