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2018 Legislative Session

Legislative Update
May 7, 2018

The Kansas Legislature adjourned the 2018 session Friday, May 4 and will not return until the Jan. 14, 2019.

Actions taken by the 2018 Legislature that impact higher education include approval of a partial restoration of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget reductions, totaling $15 million for all state universities. Restoration for Kansas State University is $3.05 million, including K-State, K-State Research and Extension, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

It has been reported by the media that raises were included for state employees, however, this excludes state universities. Only specific groups of employees were given increases, including the Judicial Branch staff, corrections officers and staff members on the state pay matrix who did not receive a raise in the 2017 pay plan. 

Any additional questions can be addressed at the Office of Governmental Relations' Legislative Review Session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Bluemont Room of the K-State Student Union.

All K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and learn about legislation relevant to K-State and higher education. This session will be streamed via Zoom to K-State Polytechnic and K-State Olathe.

Questions should be directed to Sue Peterson, chief government relations officer, at 785-532-6227 or kstategr@k-state.edu.

A final list of bills pertaining to higher education and Kansas State University can be found below


Testimonies and Reports

Legislative bill list - updated May 7, 2018

Peer Review of KS Education Cost Studies - March 29, 2018
Prepared by American Institutes for Research 

REVISED - K-12 School Finance Study - March 19, 2018
Prepared by WestEd

Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education - March 5, 2018
Presented by Blake Flanders, Kansas Board of Regents President & CEO

President Myers' letter to House Higher Education Budget Committee - February 6, 2018

The Governor's Budget Report - Jan 10, 2018
Presented by Shawn Sullivan, Budget Director

2018 Legislative Timeline


Previous Legislative Updates

May 1, 2018

April 23, 2018

April 10, 2018

April 3, 2018 

March 27, 2018

March 20, 2018

March 13, 2018

March 6, 2018

February 27, 2018

February 20, 2018

February 13, 2018

February 6, 2018

January 30, 2018

January 23, 2018

January 17, 2018

January 9, 2018