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
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
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
Click here to see the Executive Summary.
Bill Review Prior to Session
Bill Review During Session