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Courtesy of the League of Women Voters Kansas HB 2480 would authorize Public Water Supply Loan Fund funding for public water supply projects that acquire water through transfer of water. It would further amend the definition of “project” by removing the restriction that a project does not include any project related to the diversion or transportation of water acquired through a water transfer. The vote was: Yes 118; No 0; Absent or not voting: 7. Representatives Highland, Schreiber and E. Smith voted yes. HB 2564 would change the effective date specified in the Insurance Code for venture capital (RBC) guidelines promulgated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for property and casualty insurance companies and for life insurance. The currently specified instructions took effect on December 31, 2020. The bill would update the effective date of the RBC instructions to December 31, 2021. A companion bill, SB 331, has been introduced in the Senate . The vote was: Yes 118; No 0; Absent or not voting: 7. Rep. Highland, Schreiber and E. Smith voted yes. Feb. 15 – Senate SB 200 would amend Kansas state pharmacy law to include point-of-care testing and treatment of certain health conditions. The bill would authorize a pharmacist to initiate therapy under new statewide protocols for the following health conditions: influenza; Streptococcal pharyngitis; or Urinary tract infection. The bill would authorize the state’s Collaborative Drug Therapy Management Advisory Committee to adopt a statewide protocol for each of the conditions listed above and would require the advisory committee to review the appropriateness of the therapy. according to: the age of the patient; US Food and Drug Administration approval; face-to-face interactions; and the mode of administration. The vote was: Yes 37; No 2; Absent or not voting 1. Senator Longbine voted Yes. SB 331 would change the effective date specified in the Insurance Code for venture capital (RBC) guidelines promulgated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for property and casualty insurance companies and for property and casualty insurance companies. life insurance. The currently specified instructions took effect on December 31, 2020. The bill would update the effective date of RBC’s instructions to December 31, 2021. The vote was: for 39; Absent or not voting 1. Senator Longbine voted Yes. SB 343 would replace statutory references to “hearing impairment” and similar terms with “hard of hearing”, “hearing loss” or “deaf”. The bill would also make technical changes. The vote was: Yes 39; Absent or not voting 1. Senator Longbine voted Yes. SB 377 would amend and enact supplemental legislation to the Captive Insurance Act to allow a technology-based fiduciary insurance company to operate as a licensed captive insurance company in Kansas. The vote was: Yes 36; No 3; Absent or not voting 1. Senator Longbine voted Yes. On February 16, HB 2489 would make several changes to the Technology Technology Fiduciary Financial Institutions Act regarding an updated definition, fingerprinting requirement, existing application fees, incorporation documents, l Assessment and Examination, Client Disclosure, Services and Permitted Activities. The bill would also change the definition of “financial institution” in a law requiring the reporting of abuse, neglect or exploitation of certain individuals to include fiduciary financial institutions. The vote was: 120 for; Absent or not voting: 5. Representatives Highland, Schreiber and E. Smith voted yes. HB 2537 would amend a law governing insurance commissioner hearings to add a provision allowing a person subject to any order, as defined in the Kansas Administrative Procedure Act (KAPA), issued by the commissioner to request a hearing on such an order. If such a request is made, the bill would require the commissioner to hold a hearing in accordance with the provisions of KAPA. The vote was: 120 for; Present but not voting: 1; Absent or not voting: 4. Rep. Highland, Schreiber and E. Smith voted Yes. SB 337, Conversion of the Conditional Charter Issued for the Pilot Program under the Technology-Driven Fiduciary Financial Institutions Act into a Comprehensive Fiduciary Financial Institutions Charter. The vote was: Yes 119; No 1; Present but not voting: 1; Absent or not voting: 4. Rep. Highland, Schreiber and E. Smith voted Yes. HCR 5014, if passed by a two-thirds majority of each house of the Kansas Legislative Assembly and approved by the voters, would amend the Kansas Constitution to create a new section in Article 1 regarding legislative control of administrative rules and regulations. The new section would provide that whenever the legislature has authorized by law any officer or agency of the executive branch to make rules and regulations having the force of law, the legislature may provide by law for the revocation or suspension of such rules. and Regulations, or any part thereof. The vote was: Yes 77; No 42; [not 2/3] Absent or not voting: 6. Rep. Highland and E. Smith voted yes; Representative Schreiber voted No. February 17-House HB 2560 would extend the sunset for the Right to Water Transition Assistance Program from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2030, and would extend the sunset for various existing pesticide program fees and fertilizer within the Kansas Department of Agriculture from July 1, 2023 to July 1, 2028. The vote was Yes 101; No 11; Absent or not voting: 13. Voting Yes were Rep. Highland and E. Smith; Representative Schreiber was absent or did not vote. HB 2591 would repeal the law that authorizes quarterly transfers from the State’s General Fund of $100,000 and Preservation Costs Fund of $200,000 to the Kansas Corporation Commission’s Abandoned Oil and Gas Well Fund. The vote was: Yes 112; No 0; Absent or not voting: 13. For: Rep. Highland and E. Smith; Absent or not voting: Rep. Schreiber. HCR 5014 is a proposal to amend Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution by adding a new amendment that provides legislative oversight of rules and regulations adopted by agencies and executive branch officials. The vote was: Yes 80; No 33; Absent or not voting: 12. For: Rep. Highland and E. Smith; Absent or not voting: Rep. Schreiber. Having failed to obtain the constitutional two-thirds majority, the resolution was not adopted. Explanation of vote: I am voting in favor of UNHCR 5014. NCSL reports that 28 states have “some sort of power to review and veto certain administrative rules set by bureaucracies”, but that many did not hear yesterday , the Kansas House is making up an excuse to attack a governor when we’re trying to provide the same oversight. We are the legislative body. We have this absolute OBLIGATION. When bureaucracies adopt rules and regulations that have the same power and legal value, we MUST be able to address them. It is our duty to the people we represent. –Eric Smith HB 2540 would require the Capitol Preservation Committee to approve plans to place a permanent memorial honoring the Kansas Gold Star families on the Statehouse grounds. [Note: “Gold Star families” are families who have lost a family member in the line of military duty.] The vote was: Yes 113; No 0; Absent or not voting: 12. For: Rep. Highland and E. Smith; Absent or not voting: Rep. Schreiber. HB 2458 would designate the portion of US-56 from the northeast edge of the town of Edgerton to the southwest edge of the town of Gardner, Johnson County as PFC Shane Austin Memorial Highway. The vote was: Yes 113; No 0; Absent or not voting: 12. For: Rep. Highland and E. Smith; Absent or not voting: Rep. Schreiber. HB 2476 would authorize two distinctive license plates related to military honors, to be issued on or after January 1, 2023: one for those awarded a Silver Star medal and one for those awarded a Bronze Star medal. The vote was: Yes 113; No 0; Absent or not voting: 12. For: Rep. Highland, E. Smith; Absent or not voting: Rep. Schreiber. HB 2478 would refer to the portion of US-166 from the junction of US-166 with US-81, in Sumner County, then east to the western city limits of Arkansas City , in Cowley County, as SGT Evan S Parker Memorial Highway. The bill would include clauses providing biographical information about the honoree. The vote was: Yes 113; No 0; Absent or not voting: 12. For: Rep. Highland and E. Smith; Absent or not voting: Rep. Schreiber. Feb. 17-Senate SB 12 would direct the Kansas Department of Children and Families to work with community partners and stakeholders to develop a plan to implement a set of performance-based contracts to provide a range of evidence-based prevention and early intervention services for families at risk for out-of-home care, families with a child in out-of-home care, and children awaiting adoption. The vote was: Yes 34; No 0; Absent or not voting 6. Senator Longbine voted Yes. SB 335 would exempt certain qualified trade, merchant, retail, and professional associations and trade leagues that provide in-state health insurance but are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Insurance Commissioner from paying the annual tax on premiums. The vote was: Yes 34; No 0; Absent or not voting 6. Senator Longbine voted yes. SB 392 would amend and repeal provisions of the Kansas Uniform Securities Act that require a transfer of unencumbered funds over $50,000 to the State General Fund, from the Kansas Insurance Department’s Securities Act Fee Fund, on the last day of each fiscal year. . . The vote was: Yes 34; No 0; Absent or not voting 6. Senator Longbine voted Yes. Under-Senate. for HB 2262, as amended, would amend the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and other laws. The vote was: Yes 34; Absent or not voting 6. Senator Longbine voted Yes. February 18: No vote took place. February 24 is adjustment day: last day to review non-exempt bills in the original house. This report was prepared by the Emporia League of Women Voters Vote Tracking Committee: Bob Grover, Doug McGaw, Mary McGaw, Gail Milton and Susan Fowler. more >>

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