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Governor Sam Brownback signs five bills into law

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed the following five bills into law. Friday, April 21, 2017  House Substitute for Senate Bill 51: Updates the controlled substance schedule and allows the Board of Pharmacy to conduct emergency scheduling when required....

Doctor of Osteopathy school taskforce members announced

TOPEKA — Kansas Farm Bureau CEO Terry Holdren today announced the membership of the Doctor of Osteopathy school taskforce. Holdren was asked to chair the taskforce by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback last December. Holdren and the taskforce was charged with exploring and...

Governor Sam Brownback signs 11 bills into law

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today signed the following 11 bills into law: Sub. for HB 2052 – Concerns Appropriations for Fiscal Years 2017 through 2021. HB 2080 – Concerns reinstatement of forfeited benefit units and rural water district. HB 2095 – Provides...

Governor Sam Brownback issues statement on St. Francis Hospital

Topeka – Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following statement regarding St. Francis Hospital: “Yesterday, I had a meeting with Mike Slubowski, the CEO of SCL Health, about the status of St. Francis Hospital. He committed to me that they would not announce a...

Governor Sam Brownback vetoes Medicaid Expansion

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today vetoed Medicaid Expansion, issuing the following statement on HB 2044. “I am vetoing this expansion of ObamaCare because it fails to serve the truly vulnerable before the able-bodied, lacks work requirements to help...

Governor Brownback signs eight bills into law

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed the following eight bills into law: Tuesday, March 28, 2017: SB 166 – Exempts Cleveland University-Kansas City from the private and out-of-state postsecondary educational institution act. SB 66 – Reforms state bank...

Governor Sam Brownback signs executive order to assist fire relief

Clark County – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today signed Executive Order 17-01 to assist fire relief efforts throughout the state. Governor Brownback declared a state of emergency on March 5, and fires have now burned more than 626,000 acres. This ranks as the...

Governor Sam Brownback issues statement on Gannon ruling

Topeka – Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following statement regarding the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision on the Gannon case: “The Kansas Supreme Court correctly observes that our education system has failed to provide a suitable education for the lowest...

Protecting Kansas Workers and Families

Governor Sam Brownback Since the pioneers moved westward across the country and settled this fertile ground, our state has always held a promise for those who came here—that through dedication and hard work your standing in life can improve. One of my primary goals as...

Governor Brownback issues statement on House Democratic tax plan

Topeka - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following statement on the House Democratic tax plan: “Today, the House moved forward on the Democratic tax bill that would pummel the pocketbook of middle class families. It drastically hikes taxes retroactively...

Refugees in America and Kansas

Governor Sam Brownback Our government exists to protect its citizens from threats to their rights, threats both foreign and domestic. In pursuit of this priority, President Trump issued an executive order to strengthen the security of America’s refugee resettlement...

Governor Brownback issues statement on Medicaid expansion

Topeka - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following statement on Medicaid expansion: "Expanding ObamaCare is bad for Kansas. It moves able-bodied adults to the front of the line, ahead of truly vulnerable Kansans. It is not affordable, costing the state...

Governor Brownback issues statement on Senate Leadership Tax Plan

Topeka - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following statement on the tax plan of Kansas Senate Leadership: "Senator Wagle’s tax plan needlessly harms the real people that serve as the lifeblood of Kansas. It punishes the middle class—teachers, police...

Governor Sam Brownback signs first bill of 2017 legislative session

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...

Senate Confirms Governor Sam Brownback’s Cabinet Nominees: Tim Keck for Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Joe Norwood for Kansas Department of Corrections, and Richard Carlson for Kansas Department of Transportation

Topeka – The Kansas Senate today approved Governor Sam Brownback’s three cabinet nominees, Tim Keck as Secretary of Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Joe Norwood as Secretary of Kansas Department of Corrections and Richard Carlson as Secretary of...

Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. Announces Humanitarians of the Year

Topeka – Kansas Lieutenant Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer today announced the first annual Humanitarians of the Year recipients as selected by the Kansas Humanitarian Commission. • Dr. Shaker Dakhil from Wichita has spent his life treating cancer patients and started the...

Governor Sam Brownback announces date for State of the State Address

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced he has accepted the invitation of Speaker-elect of the Kansas House of Representatives Ron Ryckman (R-Olathe) to deliver his 2017 State of the State address to the Kansas Legislature at 5:00 p.m. Jan. 10, 2017 in the Hall...

Governor Sam Brownback orders flags lowered for Pearl Harbor Day

In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, Governor Sam Brownback today ordered flags in Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. “On this day of remembrance, we honor those who perished in...

Governor Sam Brownback proclaims Nov. 26 “Small Business Saturday”

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proclaimed Nov. 26 as “Small Business Saturday” in Kansas to highlight the importance of small businesses to the state’s economy. “Shopping locally is a great way to help your neighbors and support your community,” said Governor...

Governor Sam Brownback urges reconciliation

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today issued a proclamation declaring “A Week of Reconciliation,” and issued the following statement: “As we bring in a new holiday season with those we hold dear, let us be ever-mindful of the qualities and ideals that bind us together...

Governor Sam Brownback issues statement on Veterans Day

Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day and the sacrifice of all those who have served in America’s military forces. “We should always honor those who have bravely served as members of the military, whether in...

Governor Sam Brownback appoints Richard Carlson as KDOT Secretary

Governor Sam Brownback today named Richard Carlson Acting Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA). Carlson has served as Interim Secretary of KDOT since July 15. Carlson served in the Kansas House...

Consensus Revenue Estimating Working Group releases recommendations

Topeka - The seven-member Consensus Revenue Estimating (CRE) Working Group today issued its final recommendations to improve the CRE estimates that, per statute, are used as the base for developing the State’s budget.  The working group was created in June in response...

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