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Capitol Updates

 Committee to work on school finance bill as hearings end (3/28/2017) 
   The House K-12 Education Budget Committee is expected to heavily amend its proposed school finance bill, House Bill 2410, after three days of hearings ended Monday.
 10 Rules of Effective Lobbying (3/24/2017) 
 What Influences Legislators (3/24/2017) 
 Glossary of Legislative Terms (3/24/2017) 
 Advocacy Tips (3/24/2017) 
 Federal Legislative Process (3/24/2017) 
 Cycle of Activity (3/24/2017) 
 State Legislative Process (3/24/2017) 
 Effective Lobbying Efforts (3/24/2017) 
 Working with the Media (3/24/2017) 
 Working With Elected Officals Year Round (3/24/2017) 
 Turnaround Break is great time to talk with your legislators (2/28/2017) 
   Emails, phone calls, letters or catching your legislator in person during a forum or coffee event is a great way to share your thoughts and concerns.
 House introduces bills on school district health insurance, purchasing and school lockdowns (1/25/2017) 
   Three bills concerning school district operations were introduced Tuesday in the House.
 Bills affecting schools, including seat belts on school buses, to be considered next week (1/19/2017) 
   Those wanting to testify on these bills need to notify the committee and have their testimony submitted to the committee by the day before the hearing.
 Brownback to deliver State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 10 (12/21/2016) 
   The 2017 State of the State Address, which will be given from the Kansas House, will be live-streamed on
 Budget Committee hears challenging overview of state finances (12/19/2016) 
   Gov. Sam Brownback says he will submit a budget when the Legislature convenes in January to address the current year shortfall and a balanced budget for the next two years.
 Legislators elect new leaders for 2017 legislative session (12/5/2016) 
   In both chambers, the rest of the Republican leadership line-up is viewed as considerably less conservative than in the recent past.
 Koch, Chamber money flows to candidates (11/3/2016) 
   The Kansas Chamber supported repeal of the old school finance formula and replacing it with the current block grant school system.
 Kansans will be able to listen live to committee meetings next session (10/11/2016) 
   The 2017 legislative session will be ready for prime time. That is, committee meetings in the Statehouse will be audio streamed live.
 Senate Republican plan on education, budget and taxes short on details (10/6/2016) 
   Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and her fellow Republicans provided no further details on the education plan during a news conference on Wednesday.
 Senate Republicans vow to do better (10/5/2016) 
   On education, Wagle described the current system of funding schools as broken.
 New efficiency audits will be shared with Legislative committee, KASB webinar (7/26/2016) 
   The Legislative Post Audit Committee will meet tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in room 118-N of the Statehouse, with three new school efficiency audits to be released.
 Will special session be narrowly focused? (6/9/2016) 
   The overtime session is scheduled to start June 23.
 Brownback sets June 23 as start of special legislative session on school finance (6/8/2016) 
   Brownback said legislative committee meetings would start next week to work on the issue.
 Tax receipts tank; Legislature doesn't talk school finance; Senate approves transgender resolution (6/1/2016) 
   State budget problems got worse on Wednesday and schools moved one day closer to a possible shutdown.
 Governor Signs Education Bills (5/13/2016) 
   The Governor may also make line item vetoes of appropriations and provisos.
 Election news you can use (4/22/2016) 
   Here are important dates you should mark on your calendar so you can fully participate in this year’s election.
 Education votes made available (4/19/2016) 
   The voting records will be updated after the veto session, which starts April 27, to reflect any new important education votes.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (4/4/2016) 
   Whatever your opinion of the recently approved school equity finance bill there is an important statement in the measure that public school advocates should note.
 School finance bill approved; now Kansas awaits court decision and revenue (3/28/2016) 
   Legislators have ended the 2016 regular session but will return to work April 27 for the wrap up session.
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