Kansas is in desperate need of young, innovative leaders that haven't made a career out of politics. I believe, I am that person. My name is Stephen Owens and I have been a resident of the 74th House District for 20+ years. During that time, we have seen companies innovate, but not our state. Why not? Why do we operate the same way we always have? There has to be a better way!
That's why I want your help! I know there is a better way. I know the answers exist within the community but the conversations just haven't been had. I believe the time is NOW to Rethink Kansas and engage members of the 74th so that together, we may be the innovators the state so desperately needs.
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NewsSunday, May 12, 2019 4:16 PM
Session resumed in Topeka on Wednesday, May 1st. There were a number of us that had to return on April 30th to learn about the updated Consensus Revenue Estimates that will enable us to finish adjusting the 2019 budget and put the final details on the 2020 budget. Our primary responsibility as a legislature is to negotiate and vote on a budget for the next fiscal year. Technically, it is the only bill we have to pass.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 4:16 PM
This week, we moved towards first adjournment which is scheduled to occur on Friday, April 5th. The Legislature should have most of their work done by then. Votes would have been cast on various conference committee bills, which includes school funding.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 4:15 PM
As this week comes to an end, we have reached a milestone at the Capitol. We have reached “Drop Dead Day.” That means that any bills that are not exempt (introduced or sent to Appropriations, Taxation or Fed & State) are either voted on by March 27th or are no longer considered for debate and must wait until next session. This made for some long days on the floor of the House. We worked until 1130pm Monday and 930pm Tuesday debating and voting on 44 different bills. There were some important pieces of legislation that were voted on that I would like to discuss.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 4:14 PM
The Capital was buzzing with activity this week as we wrap up our committee work and send the bills being worked to the House floor. The big topic this week was the vote taken on Medicaid Expansion. Seeing as how this affects so many citizens of Kansas, I want to provide a bit more insight into how this came about and what I believe it means for Kansas.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 4:13 PM
There has been no lack of work this week at the Capitol. Many committees have been working overtime hearing budgets and addressing proposed legislation. Committees are discussing the Farm Bureau Health Plan, K-12 Budget, adding THC to CBD oil for those with certain disabilities as well as the condemnation of the State of New York for creating the loosest abortion laws in the country.