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Sunday, May 12, 2019 4:16 PM

Week 13 Newsletter

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

Week 12 Newsletter

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

Week 11 Newsletter

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

Week 10 Newsletter

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

Week 9 Newsletter

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.


Sunday, May 12, 2019 4:12 PM

Week 8 Newsletter

On Friday, March 8th, the House passed SB 22, a bill that has already passed the Senate to "decouple" the State tax return from the Federal. On a vote of 76-43 (of which I was a Yes vote), the House made official their desire to send to the Governor's desk a bill that would do the following:


Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:51 PM

Week 7 Newsletter

The Kansas Legislature wrapped up week seven and arrived at Turn Around. So what is this “turn around” we hear about? Before we go there, let's learn a bit about the legislative process to see how we got to this point....


Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:48 PM

Week 8 Newsletter

On Friday, March 8th, the House passed SB 22, a bill that has already passed the Senate to "decouple" the State tax return from the Federal. On a vote of 76-43 (of which I was a Yes vote), the House made official their desire to send to the Governor's desk a bill that would do the following:


Friday, February 22, 2019 2:50 PM

Week 6 Newsletter

The Kansas Legislature wrapped up week six with significant committee work and important votes on the House floor. Many of the bills were technical in nature, but the House did vote to to send the Governor a bill making the long overdue KPERS payment in SB 9. It passed the House and Senate Unanimously. This payment of $115M will save...


Friday, February 22, 2019 2:49 PM

Week 5 Newsletter

Happy Valentines Day everyone! I hope that you and your love have a wonderful day. If your still looking keep the faith. If your missing them, I am willing to bet they are thinking of you today.

Yesterday, Thursday February 14th, the Kansas House of Representatives deliberated and voted to OPPOSE HB 2197. This bill would have re-amortized (re-mortgaged) the Kansas Public Employees...


Monday, February 11, 2019 8:18 AM

Week 4 Newsletter

What an informative and busy week we had in Topeka. This concludes week for of the Legislative session and the House is moving a bit slower than years past. There hasn’t been quite as many bills brought forward to date so the action on the floor has been sparse.


Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:11 PM

Week 3 Newsletter

Week 3: Interesting Lottery information and what about that "Windfall"? If you would like to learn more about the windfall and what it means to you, read on.


Thursday, November 8, 2018 11:24 AM

Thank you for your trust!


I wanted to take a moment to thank you, the voters of the 74th House District, for placing your trust in me to represent you in Topeka. As we enter a new legislative season with many new legislators, I want you to know that I am committed to working with Gov-Elect Laura Kelly to strengthen the Kansas economy and ensure the financial stability of this great state.

I have spoken with many of you over the last few months and look forward to many more conversations in the weeks and years to follow. It is important to me that I hear from you so I might understand your concerns and frustrations. Please know that my door is open.

Together, we can rebuild the Kansas economy. Kansas is a land of opportunity and its time that our youth recognize the potential that exists right here. For to many years, we have been exporting our talented youth to other states. It is time we create an environment that fosters our youth’s desire to build, create and grow right here in our community!

I am a proud Kansan. I am proud of our communities. I am proud of our family values. I am honored to be your representative.

Stephen Owens
Stephen@rethinkkansas.com
www.rethinkkansas.com
Phone: (620) 869-9487


Friday, March 2, 2018 2:27 PM

Stephen Owens Officially Files

For Immediate Release:

Stephen Owens officially filed to Represent the 74th Kansas House District on March 1, 2018.  Thank you to everyone that signed his petition and has committed to support him during this journey!


Friday, February 2, 2018 12:34 PM

Kansas Concealed and Carry Hopes to be Expanded on House Vote

On HB 2042, Rep. Brenda Landwehr carried an amendment which was adopted 82-42. The amendment lowers concealed-carry age to 18, but those under 21 have to undergo training and licensing. The House is now back on the amended bill.


Monday, February 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Kansas Senate votes to condemn porn

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