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March 9, 2021

Legislative Update

Submitted by Sue Peterson

This week is the ninth week of the Kansas legislative session. Last week only a few committee meetings were scheduled as all debate and deliberations on bills took place in the House and Senate chambers. All bills, not exempt, were either passed out of the House or Senate depending on the chamber where the bill originated. Bills were either sent back to a committee or killed. Any bill not passed in the 2021 Kansas legislative session remains alive until the 2022 session.

This week the House and Senate will not return to the Capitol until Wednesday, March 10.

On March 10, the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committees will hold hearings on the bills containing the governor’s budget for FY 20, 21 and 22.

On Thursday, March 11, the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the proviso directing the universities to return tuition dollars for any day no class was held or for classes held virtually. President Myers along with the chancellor and presidents of the other state universities will testify.

The Kansas Legislature will provide virtual access to committee meetings and floor action throughout the 2021 legislative session. Links to access the meetings can be found at kslegislature.org/li/.

The Office of Government Relations will again provide weekly Legislative Review Sessions through the remainder of the session to discuss the previous week and upcoming hearings and meetings. The next Legislative Review Session will be at noon Friday, March 12, by Zoom. Zoom details are below. You will be required to sign in with your K-State eID and password to access the meeting.

Join Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 971 9078 3478
Passcode: 978743

The information can also be obtained by contacting the Government Relations Office at 785-532-6227 or email kstategr@k-state.edu.

Throughout the Kansas legislative session, the Office of Government Relations maintains a list of legislation pertaining to higher education, K-State and state agency operations. To subscribe to the listserv email kstategr@k-state.edu.

If you have any questions regarding the Kansas Legislature, please contact Sue Peterson or Kristin Holt in the Office of Government Relations.