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In 1983, because of diminishing numbers of attorneys serving in the Kansas legislature, our members requested the KBA exert a stronger presence in that body. The Board of Governors responded with a full-time commitment to a quality legislative program with staff and facilities at the Kansas Bar Association's Topeka office. But staff cannot do the job alone.

 

Lawmakers want input from knowledgeable professionals. Exerting the influence of our collective membership is a membership responsibility and the central role we all play in the legislative process.

 

This guide explains part of our current Legislative Policy. The views expressed represent a structured system of disseminating KBA Board of Governors policy positions. Some issues require only generalized statements; others a more specific analysis. The formation of legislative positions is a year-long process to identify, formulate and disseminate the most timely Kansas Bar Association Legislative policies.

 

KBA members may disagree with specific positions taken by the Association. If so, you are encouraged to work with the KBA's internal legislative process and help affect future Association policy on issues. Each Section of the KBA is represented on our Legislative Committee. If you have an issue you want considered by the KBA, contact your Section President or the KBA's Legislative Counsel. Of course, KBA legislative positions do not affect your actions nor should they inhibit your personal legislative contacts.

 

We hope our members will sign up for the members only section on the website to receive the KBA Legislative Bulletin, "KBA Advocate" online. This is the KBA's quickest way of bringing weekly updates on news concerning the practice of law and legislative action. And look for topical summaries of legislative matters in the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association.

 

Click here to see the Executive Summary.

 

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