Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today signed into law the first bill the 2017 legislative session. In order to ensure military members have sufficient time to cast ballots in special elections, House Bill 2017 extends the procedural time-frame for holding special elections to fill vacant congressional seats.

“No one does more to protect the free elections of our free people than the United States Military,” said Governor Brownback. “Ensuring the military’s ability to vote—the very institution they fight to protect—is a very small way to show our gratitude.”

The Governor has now signed 1 bill into law this session and vetoed none. By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign the bill into law, veto the bill or allow the bill to become law without his signature.