(Thank you to Mainstream Coalition for collating this information!)

2017 is a new year in Kansas! As of Jan. 24 52 bills were introduced into the Senate, and 136 into the House, most are the nitty gritty of governing, but some are important to Kansans:

 

Medicare Expansion bill introduced by Rep. Susan Concannon (R-67%) in the House Heath and Human Services Committee. HB 2064, called the KanCare Bridge to a Healthy Kansas bill, it was largely written by the Kansas Hospital Association and is intended to make heath care available to the 150,000 Kansans who fall in the coverage gap under KanCare.

Read more: Medicaid expansion bill introduced in Kansas House – Lawrence JW

 

Bills to repeal campus carry. Two bills have been introduced to stop the campus carry portion of the concealed carry law passed previously. In the House, Rep. Stephanie Clayton (R-100%) introduced HB 2074, which simply removes the date (July 1, 2017) after which Universities would not have been able to restrict firearms on campus. And in the Senate SB 53 would create a permanent exemption for certain entities from the public buildings law under the personal and family protection act.

Read more: Kansas House Bill Would Roll Back Campus Firearms Law – KCUR and Kansas lawmakers seek to undo campus concealed carry law – KC Star

 

Same day voter registration bills were introduced by Rep. Gail Finney (D-100%) and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau (D-100%) and would allow for voter registration at the polls. This bill is part of the ACLU of Kansas’ push to let Kansas vote. Imagine, legislation making it easier to vote, rather than harder. HB 2020 was referred to the Committee on Elections, and SB 49 is still pending.

Read more: Voting rights advocates seek to rein in Kansas election laws – Lawrence JW

 

A bill to repeal the LLC exemption in the 2012 tax cuts has been introduced to the House Taxation Committee. HB 2023 is undergoing hearings now (Taxation meets daily at 3:30 pm, and there is an audio stream available), and would end the LLC tax exemption beginning January 1, 2017.

Read more: Kansas House committee considers bill eliminating Brownback tax cut – KC Star

HB 2082 is also important to Kansas, it would repeal the bill that took local control of property taxes away from local communities. And this one would balance the budget on public school funding cuts, despite the pending school finance lawsuit. This will bear close watching.