Capitol Review – Session Wrap-Up

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2018 Kansas Legislative Report The Kansas Legislature adjourned Sine Die its 90-day legislative session on Friday, May 4. Your government affairs staff worked day and night watching for your best interests in Topeka so you didn’t have to. Take a … Continued

Capitol Review – Veto Session Preview

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Kansas lawmakers returned to Topeka on Thursday after an almost three-week spring break. Heading into Veto Session, lawmakers were faced with three main tasks before final adjournment: passing a budget, adding the $80 million left out of the K-12 funding … Continued

Capitol Review – Week 13

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Photo Courtesy of iStock.com The Kansas Legislature adjourned just after midnight Sunday morning, but not before some baffling twists, turns and political maneuvering. First adjournment was originally scheduled for Friday, but lawmakers continued their work into Saturday before finally passing … Continued

Capitol Review – Week 12

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Photo Courtesy of iStock.com Lawmakers spent most of last week debating bills on the floor, while non-exempt committees met intermittently as needed. Thursday was the last day for bills not “blessed” by the Speaker or Senate President to be considered … Continued

Capitol Review – Week 11

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Photo Courtesy of iStock.com Friday marked the last day for non-exempt committees (budget, tax, federal and state affairs) to meet and finish their work for the 2018 Legislative Session. Both the House and Senate are on the floor all this … Continued

Capitol Review – Week 10

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Photo Courtesy of iStock.com Last week, both the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means Committees began hearing and working on their respective budget rescission bills, which marks a turning point during any legislative session. House Bill 2468 and Senate Bill 269 make adjustments … Continued

Capitol Review – Week Nine

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Photo Courtesy of iStock.com The pace picked up in the Kansas Legislature last week, with plenty of hearings and bills being kicked out of committees. There was also floor debate on a few hot topic items, including teacher due process, … Continued

Capitol Review – Week Eight

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Photo Courtesy of iStock.com Legislators returned to Topeka on Wednesday after adjourning for a short Turnaround break on Thursday, February 22. With pro forma on Friday, the two-day week was a slow start to the second half of the 2018 … Continued

Capitol Review – Week Seven

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Photo Courtesy of iStock.com Kansas Legislature Update, February 19 – February 23 The Kansas Legislature adjourned on Thursday evening, officially completing the first half of the 2018 Legislative Session. Committees finished their work on Monday before churning through bill debate … Continued

Capitol Review – Week Six

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Photo Courtesy of iStock.com Kansas Legislature Update, February 12 – February 16 Today is the last day for committees to meet and work bills. Starting tomorrow, each Chamber will be on the floor until adjournment on Thursday, which is the … Continued

Capitol Review – Week Five

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With the official halfway point in the session nearing, Friday was the last day for bills to be introduced in non-exempt committees. All bills that have not passed their House of Origin by Turnaround on February 22 – or are … Continued

Capitol Review – Week Four

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  Kansas Legislature Update, January 29 – February 2 Colyer Becomes 47th Governor of Kansas, Announces New Cabinet and Staff Former Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer was sworn in to office on Wednesday, making him the 47th governor of Kansas. He … Continued

Capitol Review – Week Three

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Kansas Gets New Governor The biggest news under the dome last week was Governor Sam Brownback’s long-awaited U.S. Senate confirmation on Wednesday as Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. With a vote of 50-49 – Vice President Mike Pence casting the … Continued

Capitol Review – Week Two

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Capitol Review, January 15-19   It was a short week in the Kansas Legislature with the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday on Monday and pro forma sessions on Friday. The remaining days were spent mostly on committee work, with plenty … Continued

Capitol Review – Week One

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The 2018 Kansas Legislative Session commenced on Monday, January 8. Opening day was brief with each Chamber gaveling in at 2:00 p.m., for mostly formulaic procedure. The Legislature has the same makeup as last year with few changes. Kansas continues … Continued

President & CEO to Retire in 2018

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Today, I announce my intention to retire as the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 31, 2018. This announcement sets into motion a predetermined plan to select my replacement, which will be executed by the association’s … Continued

Marshall named to Ag Committee subcommittees

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Marshall named to Ag Committee subcommittees (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Roger Marshall has been named to 3 subcommittees under the House Ag Committee. The subcommittees are Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit; Livestock and Foreign Agriculture; and Nutrition. The jurisdiction of the subcommittees are … Continued

Court Sides with Ag Retailers on PSM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The D.C. Court of Appeals today ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act when it issued an enforcement memorandum on July 22, 2015, redefining the “retail facility” exemption to the … Continued

CFATS Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Presentations

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently addressing changes to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. DHS recently held webinars on its new Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0. These webinars were recorded and are available online, here. CSAT 2.0 is expected to significantly improve a … Continued

Keep Emotion in the GMO Labeling Debate

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The below article was written by James C. Greenwood, CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and published on October 16 in The Hill. KARA Staff Note: The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 was introduced by Kansas’s forth district Congressman … Continued

OSHA Extends PSM Compliance Deadline

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KARA received the following member alert from the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) on October 21 and is sharing with members: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration yesterday announced it would extend its discretionary enforcement policy for Process Safety Management until … Continued

New KDA Intent to Install Policy

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Your Association Office received the following memo from the Kansas Department of Agriculture regarding their new Intent to Install policy and would like to share it with our members: We are changing the policy on the submission of intent to … Continued