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