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KASB legislative roundup for Mon. Feb. 22

Posted Date: 02/22/2021

KASB legislative roundup for Mon. Feb. 22

Kansas education leaders, including KASB, urged legislators on Monday to support Gov. Laura Kelly’s proposal to fund K-12 increases under the Gannon settlement.

The House K-12 Education Budget Committee held a public hearing on the budget and may make a recommendation on Tuesday. Here is a link to KASB’s testimony. Several superintendents from across the state testified that the Gannon funding was providing stability during a challenging time when schools are addressing COVID-19.

The K-12 committee also announced Monday that it will hold a hearing on SB 61 on Tuesday. SB 61 would greatly expand a tax credit program to send students to private schools. The bill is identical to HB 2068 which has already been approved by Republicans on the committee. KASB opposes these bills.

Also on Monday, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee considered HB 2340, which would increase the minimum age to 21 to purchase cigarettes and tobacco products, including vaping products. KASB supports this bill.

In the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee, legislators considered HB 2351, which could make schools liable for students injured during work-based learning programs.

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee will consider SB 208, which would prohibit transgender females from competing on female teams.

A video wrap-up of Monday’s events, can be seen here.