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March 27, 2018

Legislative update

Submitted by Sue Peterson

This week marks what is known in the Kansas Legislature as "Drop Dead Day." Bills must be passed out of the opposite chamber from which they originated. If not passed and sent to the governor or to a conference committee, the bill is considered dead for the rest of the 2018 legislative session.

Last week was the final week for committees to hold hearings on bills. Also last week, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Resolution 1779. Sponsored by Sen. Carolyn McGinn, Sedgwick, the resolution recognized the members of the Kansas Forest Service's Fire Management Program and was in recognition "for the incredible steps they take to ensure that Kansas is adequately prepared to combat wildfires and protect its citizens." 

This week, until the deadline on Thursday, March 29, both the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate will meet all day debating bills. The Legislature will adjourn for the weekend Thursday, March 29, and return for the final week for the 2018 regular session on Monday, April 2.

Also this week, on Tuesday, March 27, the top graduate students from the state universities will present their research on the second-floor rotunda of the State Capitol Building for Graduate Research Day.  

View a PDF list of bills pertaining to higher education and K-State. 

The Kansas Legislative Session's first adjournment will be Friday, April 6. The veto session will convene on Thursday, April 26. The 90th day is Friday, May 4. Please see the weekly updates every Tuesday in K-State Today through the 90th day or final adjournment.

The Office of Governmental Relations will host a Kansas Legislative Review Session from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the K-State Student Union's Bluemont Room. This session is open to all faculty, staff and students; feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.

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