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Presented by: KFSA 2019 Capitol Review Feb. 25 – March 1, 2019 In the seventh week of the Kansas legislature – referred to as the “turn-around” week – all bills not “blessed” by leadership must have made it out of the chamber of origin to remain viable for the year. For that reason, most of the previous week was dedicated to the House and Senate debating and voting on bills to send to the opposite chamber. The Legislature concluded its business on Thursday morning, and will resume hearings next Wednesday (March 6). Please...

Presented by: KFSA Week Six Feb. 18 – Feb. 22, 2019 In week six, the Kansas Legislature considered bills on corporate tax rates, the high cost of Kansas utilities, liability coverage for vocational training, hazardous chemical spill notification and the KPERS retirement system. A detailed description of the session’s sixth week is compiled by your government affairs staff below. House Tax Committee Hears Bill on Corporate Taxation This week, the House Tax Committee received multiple days of testimony on Senate Bill 22. This bill would decouple the portions of the Kansas corporate tax code from the...

Presented by: KFSA Week Five Feb. 11 – Feb. 15, 2019 Week five of the Kansas Legislature saw dozens of bills introduced, including transportation funding, action on Governor’s agenda items and scheduling of multiple hearings on bills addressing high utility costs in Kansas. House Committee to Consider Corporate Income Tax Bill  This Tuesday and Wednesday, the House Tax Committee will hold hearings on Senate Bill 22, a bill which returns revenue to individual and corporate taxpayers that the state otherwise expects to gain following changes to the federal tax code in the 2017 federal tax cuts and jobs...

Presented by: KFSA Week Four Feb. 4 – Feb. 8, 2019 During the fourth week of the Legislature, the Senate passed a key tax bill, the House voted unanimously to pass a bill extending the sunset of the Kansas Ag Remediation program, and the Senate moved forward on a bill to transfer money into KPERS from the State General Fund. Find more details of the week’s activities, below: Senate Passes Important Tax Bill On Wednesday, Feb. 6, on a vote of 26-14, the Senate passed Senate Bill 22, a bill which returns revenue to individual and...

Presented by: KFSA Week Three Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2019 The third week of the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session started on Monday, Jan. 28. Things began to heat up at the Capitol, with lawmakers discussing a key tax bill. In addition to welcoming members to Topeka for our annual Legislative Action Day, your government affairs staff continued to monitor the happenings at the Statehouse affecting our industry. Legislative Action Day On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association welcomed nearly 100 of its members to Topeka over the lunch hour for its Legislative Action Day....

Presented by: KFSA Week Two Jan. 21 – Jan. 25, 2019 The second week of the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 22, following the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Lawmakers continued to ease back into the swing of things, with many informational briefings taking place in committee meetings throughout the shorter-than-usual week. Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association’s government affairs staff continued to monitor the happenings at the Statehouse affecting our industry. Agricultural Chemical Remediation Reimbursement Program and Fund On Wednesday, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association testified before the House Committee on Agriculture in support of House Bill 2001, a bill...

Presented by: KFSA It was a ceremonious first week for the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session as newly-elected Governor Laura Kelly was sworn in on Monday, beginning a new era of executive branch leadership. For the most part there were no heavy-hitting pieces of legislation proposed in the session’s first week as most lawmakers eased back into the swing of a six-month life in Topeka. Despite a rather slow week, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association’s government affairs staff monitored the happenings at the Statehouse and produced a concise rundown of issues important to the...

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Division of Aviation will host a webinar, “Drones in Ag: Harvesting Drone Data to Improve Performance,” on Tuesday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. The webinar is co-hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau and will feature two presentations – the first from Microsoft FarmBeats hardware researcher Zerina Kapetanovic detailing the FarmBeats system and the artificial intelligence challenges associated with agriculture, and the second from Kansas State University associate professor Ignacio Ciampitti on applications of UAVs in precision agriculture. It will also include a brief overview of the Kansas Unmanned...

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