Weekly Rundown #35

Friday, November 15, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the Kansas Legislature. What are we focused on this week? 2020 candidates, a GOP Medicaid expansion committee rejecting expansion, and more!

KDP HELPING 2020 CANDIDATES RUN FOR OFFICE

  • What’s happening?

The Kansas Democratic Party encourages Kansas Democrats thinking about running for any office in the 2020 elections or sometime in the future to let us know! The KDP will work with candidates to hit the ground running, provide training, and make sure you get through the finish line on Election Day.

Gov. Laura Kelly took part in a campaign kick-off on Tuesday for more than a dozen women leaders running for various Johnson County-area seats in the Kansas Legislature.

Johnson County Democrats Chair Nancy Leiker: “This year, we are proud to say that Johnson County has more than a dozen women running for office — running to continue the tradition of our founding mothers.”

FIll out a brief form at KansasDems.org/RunForOffice and the KDP will reach out!

GOP MEDICAID EXPANSION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS NOT EXPANDING MEDICAID

  • What’s happening?

The GOP-led Medicaid expansion committee on Wednesday recommended the full Kansas Legislature not take up Medicaid expansion, but to doubly restrict access to most abortion services if lawmakers do proceed.

The joint committee concluded two days of hearings with the suggestion to bar any Medicaid expansion proposal from covering abortion except in cases of rape, incest and life or health of the mother, despite the existence of such legal restrictions on the federal program on the books since 1976. The decision accompanied suggestions to include provisions in any expansion plan that would allow religious conscience objections from medical professionals, work requirements, and the creation of a rural health care task force. The committee also endorsed asking the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve a partial expansion proposal similar to another state’s policy the agency rejected in August.

Aside from studying how to improve rural health care, Gov. Kelly would likely reject most if not all proposals.

THIRD KELLY TAX COUNCIL MEETING

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Kelly’s Council on Tax Reform met for a third time on Thursday. Councilmembers received public comments from organizations and experts and studied the history of Kansas’ three-legged stool balancing model of income, sales, and property taxes.

The committee heard calls from business lobbying groups for hefty cuts to corporate and high-end income taxes while anti-poverty advocates asked for preserving low-income tax credits and lower state sales taxes on groceries.

KELLY ANNOUNCES ROUND OF ADMINISTRATION APPOINTMENTS

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Laura Kelly announced several executive appointments Wednesday. The officials, who are not subject to Senate confirmation, will sit on the Quality Care Improvement Panel, the Board of Adult Care Home Administrators, the Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Development Services, the Council on Travel and Tourism, and the State Library of Kansas Board.

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