The Kansas Legislature returned Monday, January 8, 2018. Traditionally, the first week is rather uneventful. The primary goal of legislators and committees is to acquaint themselves with chamber rules, committee assignments and new staff members. However, this year, committees began meeting and hearing proposals almost immediately. For instance, the House is already considering K12 spending initiatives while the Senate grapples with other K12 issues.
There are also two pre-filed bills aimed at gun laws. One, HB 2442, introduced by Rep. Vic Miller (D-Topeka), would prohibit “bump stock” attachments for semiautomatic firearms such as the one used in the Las Vegas mass shooting this past summer. The other, HB 2243, introduced by Rep. Boog Highberger (D-Lawrence), would create a new crime of abandoning a firearm.
The Office of Judicial Administration also introduced a pre-filed bill, SB 261, which transfers the duty of property appraisals from a judicial administrator to the director of property valuation.
It is also important to remember that 2018 session is an outbound year which means that bills introduced during the 2017 session carry over and can still be granted hearings and passed through the normal legislative process.
The KBA will continue to monitor the following bills:
· HB 2126 ADR & Meditation in Trust instruments
· HB 2127 Transfer on Death Deed
· HB 2186 Enacting the uniform arbitration act of 2000
· SB 157 Kansas Highway Patrol, Immigration agreement
· SB 158 Prohibiting sanctuary policies by cities, counties and state agencies
To stay informed on the 2018 Legislative Session, you can visit www.kslegislature.org
There you can find bills, meeting times/dates, committee rosters and ways to contact your legislator. You can also find a helpful session planner.
At the KBA website – www.ksbar.org – you can find the 2018 Bill Tracking Chart, legislative testimony and an interactive legislative map.
Look for weekly KBA Advocate every Tuesday. This blog will summarize the previous legislative week. Also, please follow us at @KansasBarLeg for live twitter reactions to the 2018 session.