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  • 2014 Session Wrap Up
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    John Ewy’s 2014 Session Wrap-up May 9, 2014 The Kansas Legislators returned to Topeka on April 30 for the Veto Session. Three days later, a little after 2:00 AM Saturday morning, we adjourned making it the shortest session in more than 40 years. The 2014 session lasted a total of 79 days. We did save the state some needed money, but I would have liked to have had the opportunity to spend a little more time on the supplemental budget for the fiscal year’s 2014 and 2015 that provides funding for state agencies. I also felt the original education bill, which the House of Representatives sent to the Senate, was a good bill for the most of our Western Kansas schools, but when it came back it had changed drastically and more time should have been used on it. I hoped to see our state employees get a 1.5% raise,…
    Written on Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00 in 2014 Session Be the first to comment! Read 493 times
  • 2014 Week 12 Update
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    Hello once again. As you read this Capitol report, the State Legislature is in recess until April 30, the first day of the Veto Session. As this newsletter was being sent out on Friday, April 4, there were many bills in both the house and senate Chambers.  Please call Legislative Research at 785-296-3181 or log on to www.kslegislature.org/KLRD   if you are wanted to check on the status of a particular bill.    The education funding bill was also being worked. Please contact Legislative Research for the latest information. On Thursday, many of us from the Legislature, including Governor Brownback attended the funeral of Diane Thimesch, wife of my office mate, Representative Jack Thimesch of Cunningham. The funeral was at Diane’s Church that she grew up in, The Saint Peter Catholic Church of Willowdale, Kansas, located just a few miles southeast of Cunningham.  Diane fought…
    Written on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00 in 2014 Session Be the first to comment! Read 525 times
  • 2014 Week 09 Update
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    The Kansas Supreme Court released their decision regarding school finance on March 7th. The long awaited decision, commonly referred to as the “Gannon Decision”, was not nearly as dramatic as some had feared but will still present a number of challenges to our state. The decision resolved several issues and also directs further consideration of one issue at the trial court level. Essentially the court determined that two categories of school funding are at an unconstitutional level of funding and must be resolved prior to July 1st.  This portion of the decision relates to equity in funding. Our school finance formula contemplates a process of equalization so that relatively poor school districts have the same or substantially similar educational opportunity through a similar tax effort as those districts with greater wealth. In essence, the process of equalization seeks to level the playing field relating to the ability of a…
    Written on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00 in 2014 Session Be the first to comment! Read 529 times
  • 2014 Week 10 Update
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    On Thursday, a very important long-time coming Autism bill, HB 2764, passed in House of Representatives. After many sessions of work, this bill concerning an insurance mandate to provide coverage in the State of Kansas to include coverage for autism spectrum disorder, specifically,  Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy was overwhelmingly passed by the House.   The bill establishes the criteria for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder as well as the licensure requirement for those that administer ABA therapy. 1,300 hours per year of intensive ABA therapy is provided for the first 4 years after diagnosis up to age 5. After the initial 4 years of intensive therapy the bill provides for 520 hours per year up to age of 12. ABA therapy is a growing and effective treatment prescribed for children diagnosed with autism. If provided at an early age at an intensive level (35-30 hours per…
    Written on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00 in 2014 Session Be the first to comment! Read 581 times
  • 2014 Week 11 Update
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    Hello, Once again from the Capitol.  We will be out of session Thursday and Friday, 27th and 28th, returning on March 31.  A proposition to amend article 15 of the constitution of the state of Kansas by adding a new section authorizing the legislature to permit the conduct of charitable raffles by nonprofit organizations passed the House of Representatives.     The proposition to amend the constitution of the state of Kansas will be submitted to the qualified electors of the state for their approval or rejection. Article 15 of the constitution of the state of Kansas is hereby amended by adding a new section thereto to read as follows:  “Regulations of “raffles” authorized. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3 of article 15 of the constitution of the state of Kansas, the legislature may authorize the licensing, conduct and regulation of charitable raffles by nonprofit…
    Written on Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00 in 2014 Session Be the first to comment! Read 552 times

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Kansas House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Events Relating to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Kansas Legislature
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2029 - Identification of domesticated deer.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2030 - Amendments to the Kansas pet animal act.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2059 - Authorizing chief engineer to allow augmentation to secure water.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2060 - Authorizing the governor to enter into the great plains interstate fire compact.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2061 - Amending the powers and duties of the Kansas department of agriculture division of conservation and the state conservation commission.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2063 - Amending the definition of project in the public water supply project loan program.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2069 - Allowing carryover and a change application for place of use for multi-year flex accounts.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2116 - Making the channel cat fish the official fish of the state of Kansas.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2117 - Requiring the completion of a boater safety education course.
  • Now in committee: HB2029 - Identification of domesticated deer.

Kansas House Committee on Education

Events Relating to the House Committee on Education of the Kansas Legislature
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2027 - Requiring school district and state department of education audits; creating the efficient operation of schools task force.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2028 - Creating the Kansas education standards study commission.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2034 - School district; reducing negotiable terms and conditions in the professional negotiations act.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2035 - Amending the tax credit for low income students scholarship program act.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2099 - Authorizing school districts to administer certain surveys and questionnaires under the student data privacy act.
  • Now in committee: HB2008 - Repealing school district audit teams and school district performance audit requirements.
  • Now in committee: HB2027 - Requiring school district and state department of education audits; creating the efficient operation of schools task force.
  • Now in committee: HB2028 - Creating the Kansas education standards study commission.
  • Now in committee: HB2034 - School district; reducing negotiable terms and conditions in the professional negotiations act.
  • Now in committee: HB2035 - Amending the tax credit for low income students scholarship program act.

Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs

Events Relating to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs of the Kansas Legislature
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2026 - Establishing requirements and fiduciary duties for pharmacy benefits managers under the state health care benefits program.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2074 - Regulating firearm possession.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2087 - Prohibiting local regulation of firearm sales by federal firearms licensees.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2088 - Alcoholic beverages; issuance of citations by the division of alcoholic beverage control.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2089 - Alcoholic beverages; disqualification of hidden owners from licensure.
  • Sponsored by committee: HB2125 - Alcoholic beverages; amendments regarding regulation by the division of alcoholic beverage control.
  • Sponsored by committee: HCR5003 - Constitutional amendment; extend recall elections to elected judicial officers.
  • Now in committee: HCR5008 - Right of public to hunt, fish and trap.
  • Now in committee: HB2007 - Creating a law enforcement mutual aid region for critical incidents.
  • Now in committee: HB2074 - Regulating firearm possession.

Campaign Donations

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About John Ewy

  • About John

    John Ewy was born and raised in Hodgeman County, KS. John is an instructor at the Dodge City Community College, and serves as director of the USD 227 Recreation Program. John Ewy also servers as Chaplain for the Jetmore Sons of the American Legion, and Chair of the Hodgeman County Republican Party. John and his wife, Marsha, reside in Jetmore where they raised their five children and attend the Jetmore United Methodist Church.

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