Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today signed two bills, vetoed one bill, and permitted one bill to become law without his signature.

Governor Brownback signed the following two bills into law:

  • Substitute for House Bill 2230—Amends the Cigarette and Tobacco Product Act to keep Kansas in compliance with the Master Settlement Agreement.
  • House Bill 2079—Makes various amendments to Medicaid related fees, transfers, and reimbursements.

Governor Brownback vetoed House Bill 2313 pertaining to the expansion of the Kansas Lottery. The official veto statement can be found here. In vetoing House Bill 2313, the Governor also issued the following comment:

“This bill serves as an expansion of lottery ticket sales that will negatively impact our communities and our neighbors. The Kansas Lottery has a disproportionately negative effect on low income Kansans.  Rather than investing limited resources in games of chance, our goal is to help low income Kansans find a path to self-reliance and independence through education, work, and savings.”

Governor Brownback permitted House Bill 2278 to become law without his signature, a bill pertaining to guns in mental health facilities and hospitals. The official message to the legislature can be found here. The Governor also issued the following comment:

“The right to bear arms is essential towards preserving our freedoms and maintaining self-government. Working to secure second amendment rights, while balancing logistical and safety concerns from state mental health hospitals, I assembled stakeholders to forge a solution. I endorsed an agreement that accomplished this goal. While second amendment advocates concurred, this reasonable compromise was ultimately rejected by health care representatives. Nevertheless, this bill does appropriately address safety concerns at state mental health hospitals. As a result, I will permit House Bill 2278 to become law without my signature.”

The Governor has now signed 94 bills into law this session, vetoed four, and allowed one to become law without his signature. 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.