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Capitol Updates

 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.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (3/18/2016) 
   The Kansas Senate next week will probably vote on a measure that supporters say addresses the Kansas Supreme Court equity school finance ruling.
 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.
 Feb 22 House session (2/23/2016) 
   Seventeen bills are on General Orders in the House. None of them are bills KASB is following.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 KASB statement on HB 2486, 2457 and 2504 (1/29/2016) 
   These bills have nothing to do with helping our students.
 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.
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