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K-State Today

May 20, 2016



Final legislative update from Sue Peterson

By Sue Peterson

The 2016 Kansas Legislature adjourned on May 2. The Legislature will adjourn sine die on Wednesday, June 1. The 2016 veto session passed a number of bills including the omnibus reconciliation bill. This legislation required the governor to issue allotments of state general fund monies to balance the state budget.

Allotments released May 18 for state agencies, higher education and Kansas State University:

Agency Name

FY 2017 Approved Expenditures

Reduction

Department for Aging & Disability Services

$653,428,100  

$17,481,182  

Health & Environment--Health

$688,920,459  

$39,945,750  

Health & Environment--Environment

$4,440,934  

$177,637  

Emporia State University

$31,625,636  

$855,204  

Fort Hays State University

$33,882,225  

$1,059,685  

University of Kansas

$140,410,726  

$7,009,260  

University of Kansas Medical Center

$112,193,221  

$3,720,190  

Kansas State University

$102,452,097  

$5,219,623  

KSU--Veterinary Medical Center

$15,096,594  

$509,103  

Kansas State University--ESARP

$47,422,417  

$1,348,010  

Pittsburg State University

$36,190,533  

$1,020,815  

Wichita State University

$74,564,181  

$2,846,788  

Board of Regents

$197,794,150  

$7,075,471  

Children's Cabinet

$42,000,000  

$3,353,194  

Department for Children & Families

$236,945,469  

$3,225,999  

Department of Commerce

$11,389,533  

$455,581  

Department of Agriculture

$9,894,366  

$395,775  

Department of Administration

$120,608,488  

$376,063  

Kansas Water Office

$1,154,576  

$250,000  

Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

$5,151,993  

$206,080  

Historical Society

$4,362,836  

$174,513  

State Library

$4,025,036  

$161,001  

Office of the Governor

$2,303,050  

$125,000  

Board of Tax Appeals

$794,569  

$31,783  

Department of Labor

$312,084  

$12,483  

Total

$2,577,363,273  

$97,036,191

Other legislation passed in the veto session included:

  • Changes to the open records law not allowing state employees to use private email to conduct official business.
  • Allowing specific areas of public buildings to prohibit concealed carry weapons.
  • Requiring the Kansas Board of Regents to launch a Degree Stats site to assist students and families in making decisions for degree programs at state universities.
  • Changes to the state budget process to implement performance based budgeting.

Read a PDF final tracking list of bills.

If you have questions regarding any bills or issues deliberated during the 2016 Legislative Session please contact the Governmental Relations Office at kstategr@k-state.edu.