Bill Number and Sponsor


Bill Subject


Current Status


Last Action


This resolution states that the Kansas House of Representatives does not support President Obama's climate plan.


SB 276


Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee


Enacting the state sovereignty over non-migratory wildlife act


House Agriculture and Natural Resources


02/14/2014 - House Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources


This bill declares the state's sovereignty over non-migratory wildlife. It is aimed at efforts by USFWS about prairie chickens.


SB 277


Senate Ways and Means Committee


Extending the alternative calculation for the local option budget under the school finance formula


In Senate Ways and Means


01/17/2014 - Senate Referred to Ways and Means


This bill extends the ability to "stretch" the LOB under the school finance formula as if the BSAPP was $4,433. The current statute sunsets on June 30, 2014. This extends it to June 30, 2019.


SB 278


Senate Ways and Means Committee


Establishing the state board of veterinary examiners within the animal health division of the Kansas department of agriculture for a two-year period


On General Orders in Senate


02/13/2014 - Senate Committee Report recommending bill be passed by Ways and Means


This bill moves the Board of Veterinary Examiners into the Division of Animal Health within the Department of Agriculture for a two year period beginning July, 1, 2014. This is a compromise with the KVMA and others to have a trial period for this transition.


SB 279


Senate Utilities Committee


Right of first refusal for incumbent electric transmission owners


In Senate Utilities


01/22/2014 - Senate Scheduled Hearing in Utilities: Tuesday, 1/28/2014, 1:30 PM, Rm 548-S


This is Westar's ROFR bill. The bill is identical to HB 2457.


SB 281


Rob Olson, R-23rd


Removing redbelly and smooth earth snakes from the nongame and endangered species conservation act


In Senate Natural Resources


01/30/2014 - Senate Scheduled Hearing (cont'd) in Natural Resources: Friday, 1/31/2014, 8:30 AM, Rm 159-S


This bill requires KDWPT to not include the redbelly snake and smooth earth snake as an endangered or threatened species.


SB 286


Senate Agriculture Committee


Extending sunset date on certain agriculture fees from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2019


On General Orders in Senate


02/11/2014 - Senate Committee Report recommending bill be passed by Agriculture


KDA bill extending fee sunset from 2015 to 2019.


SB 294


Senate Commerce Committee


Tax levy for rural housing incentive districts


In Senate Ways and Means


01/23/2014 - Senate Referred to Ways and Means


Rural Housing Incentive districts


SB 295


Senate Commerce Committee


Tax credits for community service contributions; youth apprenticeship and entrepreneurship


In Senate Assessment and Taxation


01/22/2014 - Senate Referred to Assessment and Taxation


The bill expands the definition of community services eligible for tax credits to include "youth apprenticeship and technical training" with an emphasis on rural construction projects.


SB 296


Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee


Water supply district authorization to issue refund for general obligation bonds


In Senate Assessment and Taxation


02/13/2014 - Senate Scheduled Hearing in Assessment and Taxation: Wednesday, 2/19/2014, 9:30 AM, Rm 548-S


This bill allows Public wholesale water supply districts No. 13, 20 and23 to issue general obligation bonds like districts 4, 11, and 12.


SB 298


Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee


Eliminating the Kansas mortgage registration fee


In Senate Assessment and Taxation


01/27/2014 - Senate Scheduled Hearings in Assessment and Taxation: Pro - Wednesday, 1/29/2014, 9:30 AM, Rm 548-S; Opp - Thursday, 1/30/2014, 9:30 AM, Rm 548-S


This bill repeals the mortgage registration fee. There is talk of a "compromise" to keep rural counties whole on funding.


SB 318


Senate Commerce Committee


Prohibition on the application of 2,4-D and related pesticides during certain times of the year


In Senate Agriculture


01/29/2014 - Senate Referred to Agriculture


Senator Holland's 2-4D bill.


SB 319


Senate Commerce Committee


Protecting surface property owners' rights


In Senate Natural Resources


01/29/2014 - Senate Referred to Natural Resources


Sen. Holland's amendments to the Surface Notice Act.


SB 323


Senate Ways and Means Committee


Amending the duration of a conservation easement


In Senate Natural Resources


02/06/2014 - Senate Scheduled Hearing (cont'd) in Natural Resources: Friday, 2/14/2014, 8:30 AM, Rm 159-S


This bill requires conservation easements created after July 1, 2014 to end on a date certain or at the death of the grantor.


SB 325


Senate Ways and Means Committee


Appropriations for FY 2014, FY 2015, FY 2016, FY 2017 and FY 2018 for various state agencies; capital improvement projects


In Senate Ways and Means


01/30/2014 - Senate Referred to Ways and Means


Budget bill


SB 344


Senate Transportation Committee


Size and weight limitations for special permits on oversized loads


In Senate Transportation


02/06/2014 - Senate Scheduled Hearing in Transportation: Thursday, 2/13/2014, 8:30 AM, Rm 546-S


This bill removes the requirement for trucks that are overweight with a special permit to be overweight from having to have an "oversize load" sign on the vehicle. The bill also allows such vehicles to operate 24 hours per day.


SB 353


Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee


State valuation and assessment of complex industrial property by the director of property valuation


In Senate Assessment and Taxation


02/10/2014 - Senate Scheduled Hearing in Assessment and Taxation: Wednesday, 2/12/2014, 9:30 AM, Rm 548-S


This bill requires statewide appraisal of complex industrial machinery. The bill also allows for a county to abate a certain portion of such machinery and equipment.


SB 380


Senate Agriculture Committee


Establishing the local food and farm task force


In Senate Agriculture


02/12/2014 - Senate Scheduled Hearing and Possible Action in Agriculture: Wednesday, 2/19/2014, 8:30 AM, Rm 159-S


This creates a local food and farm task force through Dec. 31, 2015.


Here's a look at what it contains


SB 390


Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee


School finance; phase out of school facilities weighting and transfer of funds to supplemental general state aid


In Senate Ways and Means


02/13/2014 - Senate Referred to Ways and Means


Appears to change the wording regarding LOB, but does not change the 25%.


HB 2247


House Local Government Committee


Counties; abatement of nuisances, procedure; disposition of vehicle


In House Local Government


01/15/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Local Government: Tuesday, 1/21/2014, 1:30 PM, Rm 281-N


HB 2247


House Local Government Committee


Counties; abatement of nuisances, procedure; disposition of vehicle


In House Local Government


01/15/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Local Government: Tuesday, 1/21/2014, 1:30 PM, Rm 281-N


 


HB 2417


Jim Kelly, R-11th


Expansion of rural opportunity zones


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget


02/13/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget: Tuesday, 2/18/2014, 1:30 PM, Rm 142-S


Expands Rural Opp Zones to include Cherokee, Labette, and Montgomery counties.


HB 2419


Ray Merrick, R-27th


City annexation; fire district territory; detachment


On General Orders in House


02/14/2014 - House Committee Report recommending bill be passed by Local Government


This is the Speaker's bill that deals with annexation of fire districts.


HB 2429


Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations


Making the water conservation program part of and supplemental to the Kansas water appropriation act


In Senate Natural Resources


02/13/2014 - Senate Referred to Natural Resources


HB 2439


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Water; creating the sustainable drinking water source protection fund and fee; authorizing Kansas water office to execute certain contracts and issue revenue bonds; repealing K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 82a-953a


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources


02/06/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Agriculture and Natural Resources: Tuesday, 2/11/2014, 3:30 PM, Rm 346-S


This is a Sloan bill that creates the water source protection fund to be used for 1)sedimentation source, measurement, control and removal to protect water quality; 2) drinking water supply quantities; and 3) flood and drought protection capacities. The fund is funded by fees on public water supply systems and industrial users.


HB 2447


House Judiciary Committee


Real property; trespass and liability


On General Orders in House


02/12/2014 - House Committee Report recommending bill be passed as amended by Judiciary


This bill locks in the current common law definition of trespassing.


HB 2456


House Taxation Committee


Defining commercial and industrial machinery and equipment for property tax purposes


On General Orders in House


02/14/2014 - House Committee Report recommending bill be passed as amended by Taxation


Ash Grove's M&E bill.


HB 2457


House Energy and Environment Committee


Right of first refusal for incumbent electric transmission owners


In House Energy and Environment


01/22/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Energy and Environment: Tuesday, 1/28/2014, 9:00 AM, Rm 582-N


This is Westar's ROFR bill. The bill is identical to SB 279.


HB 2458


House Energy and Environment Committee


Net metering excess energy credits and fixed charge


In House Energy and Environment


02/10/2014 - House Scheduled Final Action in Energy and Environment: Tuesday, 2/11/2014, 9:00 AM, Rm 582-N


This is Westar's net metering bill that changes the Net metering credits to be paid at a rate of 150% of the utility's monthly system average cost of energy per kilowatt hour. It is identical to SB 280.


HB 2460


House Energy and Environment Committee


Utilities and the sale of renewable energy


In House Utilities and Telecommunications


02/06/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Utilities and Telecommunications: Wednesday, 2/12/2014, 9:00 AM, Rm 582-N


This appears to be Sloan's retail wheeling bill.


HB 2487


House Utilities and Telecommunications Committee


Construction of electric transmission lines and certificates of public convenience and necessity


In House Utilities and Telecommunications


02/12/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Utilities and Telecommunications: Wednesday, 2/19/2014, 9:00 AM, Rm 582-N


This bill includes construction of transmission lines into the certificate of public convenience statute. The bill also adds the word necessity to the certificate and exempts the 180 day decision time frame on certificates for mergers, acquisitions or transmission-only certificates of public convenience and necessity.


HB 2499


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Enacting the state sovereignty over non-migratory wildlife act


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources


01/24/2014 - House Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources


State sovereignty over non-migratory wildlife act dealing with the 10th amendment issue and prairie chickens.


HB 2529


House Appropriations Committee


Appropriations for FY 2014, FY 2015, FY 2016, FY 2017 and FY 2018 for various state agencies; capital improvement projects


In House Appropriations


01/30/2014 - House Referred to Appropriations


Budget Bill


HB 2538


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Giving landowner right of first refusal for antlers of deer illegally shot on landowner's property


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources


02/12/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Agriculture and Natural Resources: Monday, 2/17/2014, 3:30 PM, Rm 346-S


Gives the landowner the right of first refusal for deer antlers on deer illegally shot on their land.


HB 2545


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee


Extending sunset date on certain agriculture fees from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2019


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget


02/13/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget: Wednesday, 2/19/2014, 1:30 PM, Rm 142-S


This bill extends the KDA fees from 2015 to 2019.


HB 2548


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Creating the water program management fund and transferring the air quality fee fund


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources


02/12/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Agriculture and Natural Resources: Monday, 2/17/2014, 3:30 PM, Rm 346-S


This bill creates the water program management fund. The fund takes the money generated by water quality control permit system fees and utilizes those funds to conduct numerous water related projects.


HB 2559


House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee


Discrimination based on employment status prohibited


In House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development


02/03/2014 - House Referred to Commerce, Labor and Economic Development


This bill states that you cannot discriminate in hiring someone who has been or is currently unemployed.


HB 2574


House Taxation Committee


Reclassification of property upon termination of IRB tax exemption


In House Taxation


02/10/2014 - House Referred to Taxation


This is Rep. Kleeb's bill that requires property that uses IRB to retain the classification that it had for the IRB after the IRB expires.


HB 2608


House Taxation Committee


County special road and bridge fund mill levy; rate increase; protect petition


In House Taxation


02/12/2014 - House Referred to Taxation


This bill expands that ability of counties to raise up to 5 mills (currently 2 mills) for road and bridge repair. It also expands the extension of the levy beyond the 5 years allowed.


HB 2616


House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee


Secretary of labor; explore agreement to allow state of Kansas to enforce OSHA standards


In House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development


02/12/2014 - House Referred to Commerce, Labor and Economic Development


 


HB 2628


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Including a presumption in the definition of land devoted to agricultural use


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources


02/12/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Agriculture and Natural Resources: Tuesday, 2/18/2014, 3:30 PM, Rm 346-S


This bill creates the presumption that the non-productive areas of an operating unit, devoted to the production of crops and animals is also land devoted to agricultural use. The bill is good policy, but is not necessary. The issue was handled last year through KDOR.


HB 2642


House Taxation Committee


Income tax deduction for net gain on the sale of certain horses, cattle or livestock


In House Taxation


02/14/2014 - House Scheduled Hearing in Taxation: Tuesday, 2/18/2014, 3:30 PM, Rm 582-N


This bill allows for the deduction of capital gains from the sale of certain livestock to be deducted from Kansas income for income tax purposes. Essentially, it eliminates the capital gains tax on livestock. This is to fix an unintended consequence of the tax bills passed over the past two sessions.


HB 2643


House Taxation Committee


Classification of commercial and industrial machinery and equipment as personal property


In House Taxation


02/13/2014 - House Referred to Taxation


This is the Chamber's fix to CIME. The bill adopts the PVD guide book into statute and also sets out the three prong test to determine questionable property.


HB 2654


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Amending the powers and duties of the Kansas department of agriculture division of conservation and the state conservation commission


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources


02/13/2014 - House Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources


This bill allows the SCC in KDA to take such actions as are necessary to restore, establish, enhance and protect natural resources for the purpose of compensatory mitigation required under section 404 of the federal clean water act


HB 2661


House Appropriations Committee


Kansas electric transmission authority and prior approval for construction of electric transmission lines


In House Energy and Environment


02/13/2014 - House Referred to Energy and Environment


Bill would require utilities to seek approval of the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority (KETA) before building a DC transmission line in KS. This is Rep. Schwartz's new bill in response to Clean Line project. For more information, click here


HB 2683


House Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee


Unmanned aerial vehicle regulation act


In House Federal and State Affairs


02/14/2014 - House Referred to Federal and State Affairs


Section 3 of this bill makes it illegal to operate "drones" in Kansas unless exempted by the bill. This could cause problems as agriculture is beginning to use this technology for multiple purposes.


HB 2693


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Providing for testing by community colleges for commercial driver's licenses and allowing temporary commercial driver's license holders the ability to drive class A commercial vehicles


In House Transportation


02/17/2014 - House Referred to Transportation


The bill authorizes Hutchinson community college, Pratt community college, Barton county community college, Garden City community college, Fort Scott community college, and Dodge City community college, upon each community college's request, to administer the knowledge and skills tests


HB 2695


House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Increasing civil penalties in the water appropriation act and creating a criminal penalty for sprinkling irrigation water on highways


In House Agriculture and Natural Resources


02/17/2014 - House Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources


This is Seiwert's bill removing end guns that hit the roadways and increasing fines for overpumping.


HB 2697


House Appropriations Committee


Obesity prevention and management task force


In House Health and Human Services


02/17/2014 - House Referred to Health and Human Services


 


HB 2713


House Transportation Committee


Removing vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less from definition of commercial vehicle; property tax; refunds


In House Transportation


02/17/2014 - House Referred to Transportation


This bill raises the weight limit for commercial vehicles in the state from 10,001 pounds to 26,001 pounds.


Bill Number and Sponsor


Bill Subject


Current Status


Last Action


HB 2715


House Transportation Committee


Farm machinery and equipment annual highway permits


In House Transportation


02/17/2014 - House Referred to Transportation


This is the implement dealer's transportation bill allowing them to transport machinery on state roads.


 


Source: Kansas Farm Burea/Kansas Agland/Kansas Legislature