KEPC UPDATE: Nothing new on income tax, school finance conference, gun bill to Gov

In this issue…
  • Nothing new on income tax
  • School finance goes to a conference committee
  • Gun bill sent to Governor
Here’s what’s going on at the veto session in Topeka as of Friday morning. The House and Senate are scheduled to go in at 10 a.m.
There is no debate scheduled in the House.  The Senate has two minor bills scheduled for debate on General Orders.
It’s possible lawmakers will be working this weekend, but nothing is certain yet.
Nothing new on income tax
There was no activity on income tax legislation Thursday, at least not in the open.
The conference committee of House and Senate negotiators met, but discussed other legislation, not the income tax issue.  They may be waiting to see what the legislature does with the school finance bill.
School finance goes to a conference committee
The Kansas Senate passed its version of school finance Wednesday by a vote of 23 to 16.  The bill went to the Kansas House of Representatives which asked for a conference committee to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
That conference committee met Thursday afternoon and plans to continue meeting today (Friday).
Gun bill sent to Governor
The major gun bill of the legislative session has passed and is headed to Governor Brownback’s desk.  It is uncertain whether he will sign the measure, House Bill 2278.
The bill would exempt certain institutions from a general requirement in current law that public buildings have adequate security measures in place before the concealed carry of handguns can be prohibited.
Those public buildings would be exempted:
  • State or municipal-owned medical care facilities and adult care homes
  • Community mental health centers
  • Indigent health care clinics
  • Any buildings located in the district associated with the KU Medical Center.
It passed the Senate 24 to 16 after a four hour debate.  The House agreed to the Senate version by a vote of 91 to 33. The bill was opposed by the Kansas State Rifle Association.