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Kansas Legislative Session Starts Soon

Monday, January 07, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Thacher
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Kansas Legislative Session Starts

Topeka is a blur of activity this week with events associated with the start of the 2013 legislative session. The week started with 165 state legislators being sworn in for their terms of office. Governor Brownback unveiled his legislative agenda during his State of the State address on Tuesday.

Legislative committees started this week as well. KCUA and the Kansas Department of Credit Unions provided updates on the credit union industry to the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Wednesday, January 16. For 2013, the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee is chaired by Sen. Rob Olson, R-Olathe. Vice-chairman is Sen. Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia, and the ranking minority member is Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City. Other members of the committee are as follows:

Elaine Bowers, R-Concordia, Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, Dan Kerschen, R-Garden Plaine, Jacob LaTurner, R-Pittsburg, Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, and Laura Kelly, D-Topeka. On the House side, the Financial Institutions Committee is chaired by Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane. The vice-chair is Rep. Jim Kelly, R-Independence, and the ranking minority member is Rep. Stan Frownfelter, D-Kansas City. Other members of the committee are as follows:

Larry Campbell, R-Olathe, Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, Phil Hermanson, R-Wichita, Don Hill, R-Emporia, Mark Hutton, R-Wichita, Richard Proehl, R-Parsons, Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, Vern Swanson, R-Clay Center, Tom Burroughs, D-Kansas City, and Broderick Henderson, D-Kansas City. Credit unions can find information on the bills being tracked by KCUA, the KCUA policy positions, and other background information by visiting 2013 State Legislative Issues on the KCUA website. This information will be updated as issues develop throughout the 2013 legislative session.