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Capitol Updates

 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.
 House to debate three education bills today (3/16/2016) 
   The House is scheduled to debate bills concerning air guns on school property, student seclusion and restraint policies, and sex education today.
 House to debate food regulation, air guns today (3/15/2016) 
   The House is scheduled to debate two bills that have raised concerns over school district policies.
 House Judiciary hears Open Records bill (3/10/2016) 
   The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on SB 361.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (3/4/2016) 
   Legislators returned to work after a halftime break to find the state budget in deep trouble.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (2/26/2016) 
   The Legislature reached the unofficial halfway point of the 2016 session, so here is a rundown of key bills that were worked on this past week.
 House, Senate plowing through work before Turnaround (2/23/2016) 
   Three major bills followed by KASB were not taken up prior to “Turnaround” but could definitely be considered later in the session.
 Feb 22 House session (2/23/2016) 
   Seventeen bills are on General Orders in the House. None of them are bills KASB is following.
 Legislature working through dozens of bills today (2/22/2016) 
   KASB will be monitoring legislative action in both chambers. For the latest developments, please follow KASB on Social Media.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (2/19/2016) 
   Next week will feature busy days on the floor of the House and Senate on Monday and Tuesday.
 Committee considers changes to Court selection (2/17/2016) 
   The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a constitutional amendment regarding the selection of Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges Tuesday afternoon.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (2/12/2016) 
   The Kansas Supreme Court this week gave the Legislature a school assignment.
 Committee hears ESI bill (2/10/2016) 
   Many of the proponents were proponents of the original bill last session.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (2/5/2016) 
   This week, three major education bills received public hearings and will be voted on in committee next week.
 KASB statement on HB 2486, 2457 and 2504 (1/29/2016) 
   These bills have nothing to do with helping our students.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (1/29/2016) 
   Education committees this week considered several bills that would affect public schools.
 House Ed, Ed Budget pass bills out favorably (1/26/2016) 
   The House Education Budget Committee passed out two bills favorably Monday. Both targeted higher education programs.
 Air guns, suicide prevention bills to be heard Tuesday (1/25/2016) 
   In addition, on Monday, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is making a presentation at 1:30 p.m. to the House Elections Committee.
 Tuesday will feature Brownback's State of State, consultant's report on state spending (1/11/2016) 
   Brownback will give the State of the State to a joint session of the Legislature at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
 Advocacy Conference to discuss educational issues for upcoming Legislative session (1/8/2016) 
   The conference will kick off with a session with Education Commissioner Randy Watson.
 School funding, budget crisis awaits 2016 legislative session that starts Monday (1/8/2016) 
   While some Republican leaders have called for a short, quiet session others have indicated that with strong majorities, the GOP should continue to flex its muscle.
 K-12 Committee tables report that called for major changes; will be re-worked by legislative staff (1/5/2016) 
   Committee Chairman Ron Highland, R-Wamego, said he wrote the draft report.
 Kansas tax receipts fall below projections (1/4/2016) 
   The state’s revenue problems quickly surfaced after tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback took effect in 2012 and 2013.
 Commissioner of Education DeBacker announces resignation (12/22/2015) 
   
 KASB statement relating to the 2014 Legislative Session (12/22/2015) 
   The 2014 Legislative Session brought more authority, responsibility and accountability to local school boards in the operation of Kansas public schools.
 Senate passes Data Privacy Act (12/22/2015) 
   The Senate voted 40-0 Thursday to pass SB 367, creating the student data privacy act.
 State Board holding focus groups on Commissioner search (12/22/2015) 
   
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