Lt. Governor Colyer has been tasked with the restructuring of the state’s Medicaid program. A doctor himself, Colyer will be working with a sub-cabinet to review and recommend reform proposals to improve the quality of care for Kansans on Medicaid, control the costs of Medicaid, and make long-term improvements on the quality of health and wellness of Kansans.
These are bills that have been introduced and a brief description. I was a co-sponsor of HB 2035 and the Voter Identification bill.
Clarifies when courts can bypass parental consent requirements
House Bill 2039 – Smoking Ban
Introduced on Wednesday, HB 2039 removes the gaming floor exemption found in the current statewide smoking ban. The current statewide smoking ban allows smoking on the gaming floor of racetrack and gaming facilities. HB 2039 has been referred to the House Health and Humans Services Committee for consideration.
Voter Identification Legislation
This week Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced his intention to introduce legislation that would require all voters to show photo identification before voting, require proof of citizenship when registering to vote, and extend the power to prosecute alleged cases of voter fraud to the Secretary of State’s office. Titled the SAFE Act (Safe and Fair Elections Act), the measure has over 35 co-sponsors in the House and is expected to be passed and signed into law by Governor Brownback.
The measure would require Kansans to show a birth certificate, passport or other proof of citizenship when registering to vote. At the polls, voters would have to show government issued photo ID before casting their ballot. The Act would require voters who request an advance or mail-in ballot to include with the ballot application their driver’s license number or a photocopy of their ID.
Opponents argue the measure is a modern day poll tax that disenfranchises the disabled, poor and elderly. In response, current provisions in the bill allow low-income Kansans to get a free ID or birth certificate if they reside in a household with an annual income of 150 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $33,000 for a family of four). For residents over the age of 65, an expired driver’s license or photo ID can be used in lieu of a current form of photo ID.
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I will continue to participate in the Legislative Forums hosted by Tim Owens (yet to be scheduled) as well as any other forums that I am invited to attend. As these events are planned, I will post them on my website as well as inform you in the weekly legislative update.
4th Annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast
hosted by Sunflower Republican Club
Date: Saturday, February 19th
Where: Shawnee First Watch
Address: 11112 W 63rd
Johnson County Republican Legislators will be in attendance to give an update on legislation and issues under consideration.
2011 Legislative Breakfast Series
hosted by the local Chambers of Commerce
Date: Saturday, April 16th
Where: Ritz Charles Overland Park
Address: 9000 W 137th
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