ALERT! Topeka 912 Mtg Changed to THU SEP 4 – Sen. Roberts

McFarland’s Restaurant (lower level meeting room)
4133 SW Gage Center Dr., Topeka, KS 66604

5:30 PM – Meet & Greet

6:00 PM

Senator Pat Roberts – Senator Roberts will speak for about 20 minutes then there will be question and answer time.

http://www.robertsforsenate.com/

 

Dick Jones – GOP Candidate for KS Representative 52nd District

Bob Eckhardt – Poll Watch Information

 

Senator Robert’s Short Bio       

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts was born in Topeka, graduated from Holton High School and went on to earn his journalism degree from K-State – and proudly wears the purple to this day. Roberts was elected to Congress in 1980. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 Roberts and his wife, Franki, have three grown children and five grandchildren.

For 16 years, he represented the Big First District, in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1996, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He is currently serving his third term.

He is a leader in agriculture, health care and defense. He advocates a strong education system, free and fair trade policies, increased investment in science and technology, a focused foreign policy and a strong military to keep Kansas competitive.

Senator Roberts is a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. In the last Congress, he served as the ranking member, becoming the first in history to hold the post in both the House and the Senate.

He was chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 1995-1997. HE led the reform of outdated federal farm policies. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, He gives Kansans leadership on legislation ranging from taxes to trade, health care, Medicare, Social Security, the aviation industry and transportation – all issues impacting Kansas families.

He voted against Obamacare and will work to repeal it and replace it.

Since 1996, he has been recognized as a leader in food and biosecurity legislation. He assisted Kansas schools in gaining federal research investments, leading to the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Kansas State (housed in Pat Roberts Hall). Finally, he led the state’s effort to compete and earn the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a new federal laboratory. Kansans know him as an advocate for the states’ military installations and those who serve in uniform. A former Marine, he played a key role in strengthening Kansas’ military missions despite nationwide base closings – bringing thousands of new jobs to Kansas. He is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and is the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, which oversees general operations of the U.S. Senate and federal elections. This committee post works hand in hand with Senator Roberts’ service on the Ethics Committee since he joined the Senate in 1997.

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Steve Ashcraft & Beth Tindell, Co-Chairs Topeka 912 Steering Committee

Topical Summary of 2013 KS Bills

For more information, go to kslegislature.org, Bills and Laws, Reports, Laws: Bill Number

Public Schools/Education

SB 11 School finance; special ed. state aid; transportation of pupils; budget calculation; use of unencumbered funds. Can now use motor vehicle related revenue. And requires the Department of Ed to annually publish the following expenditures for each school district on a per pupil basis:(1) total expenditures; (2) capital outlay expenditures; (3) bond and interest expenditures: and (4) all other expenditures not included in (2) or (3).

SB 21 & 171 Amendments relating to school district funds, enacting the uniform financial accounting and reporting act

H Sub for Sub SB111 Special education funding; fund flexibility on expenditures of unencumbered balances in school funds for general operating expenses.

HB 2015 extends base state aid per pupil (BSAPP) at $4,433 or less or an amount not exceeding 30% of its general fund budget, ever which is greater. Property Tax levy of 20-mill remains.

In Conference Committee

SB sub for HB 2140 Kansas Reads to Succeed Act Which says National Assessment for Education Progress scores show 29% of 4th graders in Ks read below the ‘basics” level and the National Center for Education statistics states that 40 states are higher the Kansas on 4th grade reading. Bill would focus on developing intervention starting in first and second grade instead of third grade in schools having higher that statewide average of students who are scoring at the lowest achievement standard of the most recent state wide assessment.

Common Core

Defunding attempts failed at the last minute. Perhaps next year.

Abortion

SB 14 Creates a fund for Kansas newborn screening program

H Sub for SB36 licensing of abortion clinics by department of health and environment.

H Sub SB 62 Concerning medical care facilities: relating to abortion; Sterilization.

SB 142 Abortion; concerning civil actions related to abortion. Amends the wrongful death stature to include ‘unborn child’ with the definition of a ‘person’ for purposes of the wrongful death of an ‘unborn child’ caused by the wrongful act or omission of another. “Unborn child’ is defined as a living individual organism of the species homo sapiens, in utero, at any state of gestation from fertilization to birth.

SB 199 KU Med Center Now Midwest center for adult stem cell therapy

HB 2035 Omnibus Abortion amendments. The term “fetus” in the law is changed to “unborn child” and revised definitions of “Viability”, “abortion” and “partial birth abortion” are included. A new definition of “human being” is added. A civil cause of action is created regarding late-term abortions, partial birth abortions, and parental consent. The Attorney General, district attorney and county attorneys are authorized to prosecute criminal offenses.

HB 2218 New restrictions on “pain-capable child” after 22 weeks or more unless the physician believes that the pregnant woman might receive irreversible physical impairment or death.

HB 2253 KS Pro-life protection act: Recognizes that life begins at fertilization for purposes of public policy decisions. Presents state discrimination against pro-life entities. Restricts taxpayer funding for abortion. Defunds abortion training at the state university medical school Keeps abortion businesses out of public school sex-education. Codifies informed consent topics already used by the state health department. Strengthens medical and community support for Down Syndrome and other conditions.

Handguns

SB152 & HB 2491 permit a person with a concealed carry license to carry concealed handgun while lawfully hunting, fishing, or harvesting

HB 2278 Creates a penalty enhancement for the theft or burglary of a firearm valued at less than $25,000 to a severity level.

Also still in committee, S Sub for HB 2052 Concealed Carry Expansion allowing possession of firearm in certain public building, provided the individual holds a concealed carry permit.

SB 211 allows pharmacists to dispense prescribed drugs three months worth at time if not a controlled substance or a psychotherapeutic drug

Sexual Crimes & Other Crimes

Sub for SB159 Requires as condition of probation that the defendant be subject to search

SB 280 amends KS Sexual predator act to require the predator to be notify (1) of the nature and purpose of evaluation and 2) that the evaluation is not now confidential.

Sub for SB 307 Statute of limitations for sexually violent crimes when the victim is a child & adds a more speedy trail statutes

S Sub for Hb2034 Crimes of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of a child, selling sexual relations,

HB 2151 amends “breach of privacy” to include any method that does or threatens a person nude or not, crime is now severity level 4, person felony.

HB 2227 Allowing for the issuance of arrest warrants based on DNA profiles

HB 2252 Eliminating the stature of limitations for prosecutions of rape and aggravated criminal sodomy

HB 2465 Authorizing sentencing court to order lifetime electronic monitoring for certain sex offenders.

HB 2534 ‘Caylee’s law’ criminalizes the failure to report the death or disappearance of a child

HB 2468 Requiring defense attorneys to produce reports and allow inspection prior to criminal trial

HB 2217 Creating the crime of female genital mutilation, and setting the penalty to severity level 3, a person felony

HB 2019 Court of appeals judges will now be appointment by governor & confirmation by the Senate. In pass they were appointed by a group of lawyers

Voting

SB 103 Elections, absentee voting by military and others; ballots. It allows overseas voters to vote a full ballot at all elections; apply for, receive and return their ballots by electronic means; and vote a write –in ballot, if needed

SB 125 Elections; candidate filing deadline change.

H Sub for SB129 Elections, voter photographic identification requirements: election date changes: voters registration records

HB 2067 Voter must photographic identification requirements to vote.

Protection of our rights

Sub SB79 Anti-Sharia law concerning protection of our rights as granted under the constitution. Protects us and our courts from any foreign juristic laws that does not follow the Constitution.

Taxes

H SUB for SB83 cuts taxes & save $10.5 million in FY2014 Gen Fund receipts

S sub HB 2117 Tax reduction for individuals to 3% or 4.9% 2013. Top two were 6.25% & 6.45% Increased standard deduction for single head of house- hold & joint married to $9,000, but several tax credits were repealed.

Sub 84 2014 & 2015 =Income tax 2.5% & 3.5% down .5% /1.4% 2013

SB 78 sales tax decrease from 6.3% to 6.15%

HB 2234 Contracted to combine the Ks Turnpike Authority and the KDOT in an effort to save some $30 million

Many higher # bills were used to combine several departments to save more money

Defund Common Core Curriculm – Act Now

Defund Common Core
Keep our education decisions local!
A Nationalized Curriculum is not good for Kansas!
 
It is critical that all of you, call and e-mail these listed below.  We must keep the pressure up not to accept a national curriculum for Kansas.  (links taken from Culture Shield Network and Donna Lippoldt)
 

PLEASE CALL & EMAIL THESE HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS NOW!!!

SENATE LEADERS

Sen.  Steve Abrams

620-442-8804

sabrams@hit.net

Sen. Terry Bruce

888-224-0291

lawfirm@pixius.net

Sen. Jim Denning

913-345-9416

JDenning@Discovervision.com

Sen. Jeff King

620-331-9888

jeffkingks@hotmail.com

Sen. Garrett  Love

620-846-0223

garrett@loveforkansas.com

Sen. Julia Lynn

913-832-5311

julia@senatorjulialynn.com

Sen. Ty Masterson

316-733-7229

senatormasterson@gmail.com

Sen. Susan Wagle

316-733-5698

aly.rodee@senate.ks.gov

HOUSE LEADERS

     
     

Rep. Kyle Hoffman

620-582-2217

kyle@kylehoffman.net

Rep. Kasha Kelley

316-772-0513

kasha@kansasleadership.com

Rep. Peggy Mast

620-343-2465

mastpeggy@gmail.com

Rep. Ray Merrick

913-897-4014

merrickrf@sbcglobal.net

Rep. Marc Rhoades

316-284-9725

marcrhoades@cox.net

Rep. Gene Suellentrop

316-260-3663

gene@genesuellentrop.com

Rep. Jene Vickrey

913-837-2585

vickrey@jenevickrey.org

Rep. Brian Weber

620-253-0255

repweber@gmail.com

Kansas Can Stop Common Core

Topeka 912 encourages you to contact your Kansas legislators and ask them to defund and stop Common Core in Kansas.  This year’s session is almost over so It is important to call, email and write to voice opposition to implementing Common Core curriculum in Kansas schools.  A phone call is generally more effective than an email.  The following four legislators need to hear your opinion on why Common Core is a bad idea for Kansas, but contacting your Senator and Congressman (if they’re not two of these four) is also needed. Common Core is too expensive, too restrictive, and too invasive to be allowed into our State.

Representative Mark Rhodes

Representative Richard Carlson

Senator Steve Abrams

Senator Ty Masterson

Not familiar with Common Core? Check out these links.

What is Common Core?

The Whole Story on Common Core

Michelle Malkin On Common Core