The week after the Turnaround Deadline is normally quiet as legislators settle in for the final four weeks of the session. This year it was noticeably slow going. Only a few legislative committees had meetings, and little work was done on the floor of either chamber.
Good News— it was reported yesterday that monthly revenues for February were more than $26 million above estimates. That brings the fiscal year total to more than $270 million above estimates. Some of this increase could be due to the federal tax cut but how much can be attributed to the cut is uncertain.
See — https://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/news/2018/03/01/kansas-tax-receipts-over-state-projection-for.html
See also — http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2018/mar/01/kansas-collects-27m-more-taxes-expected-february/
And see — https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/kansas/articles/2018-03-01/kansas-collects-27m-more-in-taxes-than-expected-in-february
Bad News— Kansas suffered from another IT information breach, this time from KDADS. It was reported that social security numbers and home addresses were sent to unauthorized businesses, but no banking information was compromised. The release of personal electronic information has become quite the issue for the State of Kansas lately. It has become so much so that a bill, HB 2560, Kansas Cybersecurity Act, was introduced prior to the Turnaround Deadline; however, that bill did not gain much traction. This latest event might rejuvenate that proposal.
See — https://www.kdads.ks.gov/media-center/news-releases/2018/03/01/kdads-notifies-consumers-about-potential-breach-of-protected-health-information
See also — http://www.cjonline.com/news/20180301/kdads-mistakenly-releases-medical-confidential-information-on-11000-kansans
And see — http://kcur.org/post/kansas-aging-agency-spills-personal-information-11000-people#stream/0
Big News— The KBA will hold its Day at the Capitol on March 19th. The agenda will include a 9:30 a.m. welcome from the KBA followed by comments from Chief Justice Nuss. Volunteers will head over to the Capitol at 10 a.m. to begin meeting with legislators. We will have lunch in the Capitol from noon-1:00 p.m., followed by an afternoon session of legislator meetings. Volunteers can plan to be back at the KBA by 3:00 p.m. for a debriefing and reception.
If you are interested in volunteering to meet with your legislator to discuss wage increases for the Judicial Branch, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org