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The Kansas Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Board of Directors is accepting board member nominations for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Nominations are being accepted through Sept. 24, 2021. The selected nominee will have the option of serving a second term, but it is not required. CCA certification is the standard by which agronomy professionals are judged nationwide. The board meets biannually and members are asked to help chair committees and/or task forces established by the board. Serving on the Kansas CCA Board allows the selected individual to lead the...

Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers announced a new linked deposit loan program to provide low-interest loans to Kansas businesses as well as to schools and businesses who experienced extraordinary natural gas bills from the February polar vortex weather event. The Extraordinary Utility Loan Program utilizes $20 million from the City Utility Loan Program to provide low-interest loans to wholesale natural gas customers, including businesses and school districts, who experienced higher utility bills resulting from the February winter weather. The program provides loans of no more than $500K with a term of up to three...

Legislative Veto Session Report The legislature met for additional legislative action last week during a time referred to as the Veto Session – historically meant to provide the legislature with a brief period to consider bills vetoed by the Governor. During this final week of action, lawmakers voted to override multiple vetoes of bills by Governor Laura Kelly. The legislature worked late into the evening on Friday, May 7, with the House adjourning at 1:40 a.m. on Saturday morning and the Senate adjourning at 2:15 a.m. The legislature passed a handful...

Following an announcement by OSHA in February concerning its guidance on COVID-19, OSHA now plans to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) on COVID-19. The agency has formally transmitted its draft Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. You can find the draft rule here: DASHBOARD - EO - REGINFO.GOV. After publication, OSHA could make enforcement of the standard a priority. The ETS could then be made permanent. AGENCY: DOL-OSHA TITLE: Subpart U – Emergency Temporary Standard – COVID-19 RIN: 1218-AD36 STAGE: Final...

Legislative Session Interim Report Governor Laura Kelly has now signed multiple bills passed by the legislature during the regular session. The Governor has also teed up possible action by the House and Senate during the veto session beginning May 3 by vetoing key legislation focusing on taxes and social issues. Upon its return, the legislature will also focus on passage of an omnibus budget bill for the balance of the current fiscal year. This budget action comes on the heels of the state having just received positive news on the budget...

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Pesticide and Fertilizer Program has made a change in policy concerning the registration of comingled fertilizer product. In the past, fertilizer of the same grade purchased from multiple vendors and dumped in the same bin had been considered comingled and required the facility to register, guarantee and pay tonnage on the resulting product. Beginning July 1, 2021, registered commercial fertilizer of the same grade, purchased from multiple vendors, and then comingled in the same bin by the facility, is no longer required to be registered as...

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is providing Kansans a 30-day public comment period on the draft 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The plan provides a 25-year statewide vision for the future of transportation in Kansas. Comments can be made until May 18 by clicking here. The draft plan inventories the state's transportation system that includes highways, transit, rail, air and active transportation elements. It also identifies issues and trends that will influence the transportation system over the next 25 years such as technology advances, digital access, connections between health...

Week Thirteen of the Kansas Legislative Session On Friday, April 9, the Kansas Legislature adjourned for the last day of the 2021 regular session. The House and Senate will now take a three-week break before returning for a veto session on May 3rd where they will consider bills vetoed by Governor Laura Kelly, work on the omnibus appropriations bill, and possibly take final action on other bills. During the last few days, the House and Senate worked long hours on a flurry of action on bills that will now be sent to the Governor...

The Kansas legislature, a few hours prior to its three-week adjournment, passed Conference Committee Report on Senate Bill 86 which creates the Kansas Extraordinary Utility Costs Loan Deposit Program to assist businesses impacted by the polar vortex in February. The legislation goes to Governor Laura Kelly for consideration. The bill creates a low-interest loan program administered by the State Treasurer for Kansas businesses who were affected by the extreme cold in February of 2021. The loans are intended to assist businesses with paying off the natural gas bills over time. This...

Week Twelve of the Kansas Legislative Session With just one week left in the regular legislative session, the House and Senate debated and took action on many bills during this shortened three-day week. Bills of note included: action on the unemployment insurance fund and confirmation of the new Secretary of Labor; final passage of a multi-tiered income tax bill; advancement of a complex property tax bill and the Governor’s signature on a bill repealing the property tax lid; the signing into law of a bill providing limited immunity to businesses in regard to...

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