2011 State Relations updates

Sat, 05/14/2011

It lasted only 90 days, but the 2011 Session of the Kansas Legislature produced an abundance of good outcomes for the University of Kansas.

Fri, 05/13/2011
An expansion of the University of Kansas School of Engineering endorsed by the Kansas Legislature early this morning moves Kansas forward on the roadmap to economic growth by meeting the state’s growing need for engineers.
Fri, 04/01/2011

The Kansas Legislature pulled the plug on the first portion of the 2011 session today, with both chambers putting forth separate budget proposals and agreements on many major items of public policy. They will return the last week of April for the wrap-up session.

Fri, 03/25/2011

The Kansas Legislature has one week left before taking first adjournment of the 2011 Legislative Session. So far, there's not much work product to show for their time in Topeka. And that's not all bad!

Fri, 03/11/2011

It has taken more than ample doses of patience and persistence, but this week the Kansas Senate unveiled plans for a major initiative designed to boost support for KU's School of Engineering, along with those at other state universities.

Thu, 03/10/2011
Officials at the University of Kansas today applauded the efforts of leaders in the Kansas Statehouse to support engineering education. At a news conference earlier today, leaders of the Kansas Senate announced an initiative to provide funding for increased engineering education through the Expanded Lottery Act Revenue Fund.
Fri, 03/04/2011

It was a short week for the Kansas Legislature, with lawmakers only in session part of the week as they marked the "half-way" mark.

Fri, 02/25/2011

Kansas lawmakers have reached the half-way mark in the 2011 Legislative Session, with a flurry of bills being debated on the floor of the House and Senate.

Wed, 02/16/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little joined with Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz and Wichita State University Donald Beggs in sending an op-ed to Kansas newspapers outlining the importance of research universities to the prosperity of Kansas. They discussed the benefits provided, including educated workers and research discoveries that improve quality of life and create jobs.
Fri, 02/11/2011

Kansas Legislators had their first floor debate on spending priorities this week as they worked on the Governor's budget rescission bill (HB 2014) affecting budgets for the remaining five months of this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Fri, 02/04/2011

The forecast was ice, then snow and then blowing snow with bitter temperatures. That might have led some to cancel appointments and stay home, but not Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little who spent many hours at the Statehouse this week advocating for KU.

Fri, 01/28/2011

There was no shortage of activity this week regarding KU's legislative agenda as lawmakers held hearings on three bills of interest to the university and budget committees in both chambers tackled (in very different approaches) this year's budget rescission bill.

Wed, 01/26/2011
Chairman Gary Sherrer issued a statement expressing the Board of Regents' concerns over a proposal made in the Kansas House to reduce employee salaries during the last six pay periods of FY 2011.
Mon, 01/24/2011
As we start the spring semester I want to invite you to attend the State of the University Address, this Thursday, January 27 at 4 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium. This event will give us an opportunity to look at the major events of the past year, as well as to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing KU in the coming months.
Fri, 01/21/2011

Most state legislators serving in the part-time Kansas Legislature are motivated to serve by a sincere interest in shaping a brighter future for Kansas.

Sun, 01/16/2011

The 2011 Kansas Legislative session began this week, with changes in nearly every element of state government underway. First and foremost is the change in the Governor's office with Governor Sam Brownback and Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer sworn into office during the week's inaugural activities.

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