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2016 Legislative Session


Special Session Update 
June 24, 2016  

The Kansas Legislature convenes for the second day of the Special Session on Friday June 24th, 2016. Both the Kansas House of Representatives and Kansas Senate will be debating bills to provide K-12 education funding. You can find both bills, Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 2001 by clicking the links provided. In addition the Senate will consider two constitutional amendments, SCR 1602 and SCR 1603, regarding the Courts authority in the closure of K-12 schools. At this time the plans do not contain any changes to higher education funding as passed in the final appropriations bill and signed by the governor.


Legislative Update 
May 2, 2016  

The 2016 Kansas Legislature adjourned in the early morning hours of May 2, 2016.  The Kansas Legislature will adjourn Sine Die on Wednesday June 1, 2016.  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. 

The allotments released yesterday for state agencies, higher education and Kansas State University:

Agency NameFY 2017 Approved
Dept 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
KU Medical Center$112,193,221$3,720,190
Kansas State University$102,452,097$5,219,623
KSU - Veterinary Medicine 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 of 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
Dept of Wildlife, Tourism & Parks$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

For a final tracking list of bills click HERE

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


Testimonies and Reports

Percent Reduction by all funds - May 1, 2016
Kansas Regent Institutions

State General Fund Profile - May 1, 2016

Conference Committee Report Explanation - April 30, 2016 
Sub for SB 249

Governor's Budget Amendment No. 1 - April 20, 2016

First Tuesday Roundtable Presentation
Dr. Sue Peterson presented to the Kansas State University First Tuesday Roundtable on March 1, 2016

State Efficiency Report by Alvarez and Marsal

State Efficiency Presentation Update February 16, 2016

Economic Growth Opportunities for NBAF
Dr. Ron Trewyn presented to the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee on February 4, 2016

President Kirk Schulz presented to the House Vision 2020 Committee on January 27, 2016

Higher Education Budget Overview
Dr. Blake Flanders, Kansas Board of Regents Chief Executive Officer, January 20, 2016

2016 Legislative Timeline 

Final All-University Bill list - May 20, 2016

News Articles

The Topeka Capital Journal article on President Kirk Schulz presentation to the House Vision 2020 Committee January 27, 2016

Kansas State University 2015 Profile Sheets by Subagency

Kansas State University Main Campus

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

K-State Research and Extension 

Previous Legislative Updates

May 2, 2016

April 25, 2016

March 28, 2016

March 21, 2016

March 14, 2016

March 7, 2016

February 29, 2016

February 22, 2016

February 15, 2016

February 8, 2016

February 1, 2016

January 25, 2016

January 19, 2016

January 11, 2016