Kansas State legislative update for Jan. 31 highlights key dates, bills

(Graphic by Marshall Sunner | Collegian Media Group)

The State of Kansas Legislature convened on Monday, Jan. 10, for the 2022 legislative session. Several bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate are up for discussion that could impact Kansas State and the Manhattan community if passed.

On Friday, Sue Peterson, chief government relations officer and assistant to the president of Kansas State, led a legislative update session through Zoom. During the session, Peterson presented both the House and Senate bills and their potential impact on K-State.

Peterson began the session with an update to the legislative session calendar. House budget testimony begins this week with Pittsburg State. On Feb. 15, President Richard Linton will address the House Higher Education Budget Committee. In March, they will report the committee’s recommendations to the full House Appropriations Committee. Peterson said the Senate runs a similar schedule and reports its recommendations to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Mar. 3.

“All dates are subject to change,” Peterson said.

Another important date is Feb. 21, when the State Extension Advisory Council meets. Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State research and extension, will present.

Peterson reviewed House and Senate bills affecting Higher Education. She highlighted each bill and its potential impact. The relevant bills are available for viewing here.

Legislative review sessions are held at noon every Friday through Zoom. Anyone with a KSU eID and password is invited to attend the sessions. Sessions can be accessed through the Zoom link on the Governmental Relations website.

Additional information, including a list of legislative hearings for the current week and access to the Kansas Legislature committee meetings, are available there as well.