What We Do
The Kansas Bar Association’s Director of Governmental Affairs (DGA) performs two equally important functions for members of the Association: (1) ADVOCATE and (2) INFORMATION PROVIDER.
1. As an ADVOCATE
The Director of Governmental Affairs presents to any official body or entity all positions adopted by the Kansas Bar Association on legislative or administrative matters. To this end, the Director of Governmental Affairs has primary responsibility for organizing and directing the lobbying effort of the KBA.
The DGA lobbies for the passage of all legislative and administrative proposals or positions adopted by the KBA’s Board of Governors. These legislative or administrative proposals originate with Association sections and committees and, if adopted by the Board, become part of the Association’s Legislative Agenda. The procedural rules governing the adoption of positions by the Association can be found on the legislative page of the KBA website.
The Association also endorses legislation sponsored by others or opposes legislation which a section or committee, with the approval of the Board of Governors, believes is not in the best interest of the bench or the bar. Legislation that has been introduced by others but receives the endorsement of the KBA traditionally has been legislation designed to improve the administration of law and access to justice in Kansas. The procedural rules for taking a position in favor of or in opposition to legislation can also be found on the legislative page of the KBA website.
2. As an INFORMATION PROVIDER
The DGA provides information to members and legislators about pending legislation that may be of interest to an Association section or committee or of concern to the public, the bench or the bar as a whole. The DGA carefully reviews each bill introduced to the Kansas Legislature. Then, along with attorneys practicing in the areas of law the bills address, bills are identified that may be of interest to practicing attorneys. Bills of interest are then followed closely throughout the legislative session.
Prior to each legislative session the DGA publishes a Legislative Outlook article in the KBA Journal. The article outlines the probable initiatives that affect legal interest throughout the state as well as identifies lawyers who are serving as legislators. At the end of each legislative session, the DGA publishes the Legislative Wrap-Up, which summarizes all bills tracked and ratified by the Kansas Legislature during the legislative session. This allows members to receive timely notice of significant changes to Kansas laws. In addition, the DGA serves as a CLE presenter by traveling across the state to meet with KBA members to discuss the legislative session and inform local bar association about changes to Kansas law.
To further provide information to Association members, the DGA publishes a weekly email that tracks legislation during the Kansas Legislative Session. These emails are sent to all KBA members and contain information on any issue worked on during that week. The KBA Advocate email updates are archived by year and available to KBA members.