House Republicans on Thursday announced new proposals to the Hope Act, Kansas’ nation leading welfare reform bill passed during the 2015 session.

View a graphic on propose Hope Act changes.

Among the several additional proposals was a cross-check of lottery winners receiving cash, food assistance or child care. The proposal would allow DCF to cross-check lottery winners who win $10,000 or more with welfare recipient. Winners would also be required to verify their income and resources.

Other proposals include verifying the identity of all people living in a household receiving cash, food and child care assistance.

Current law only requires verification of identity for the person applying for the entire household. Another proposal would require the monitoring of persons who have lost their electronic benefits card numerous times. These new proposals will be added to last year’s welfare reform and the policy changes it ordered.

View a graphic on welfare reform.

Southwest Power Pool touir

As a member of the House Energy and Environment Committee, Keith participated in a tour in early November (2015) of the Southwest Power Pool, a consortium of power companies that covers 18 states. Lawmakers visited the pool’s primary control center in Little Rock and discussed security and reliability issues with officials. The Southwest Power Pool tour was sponsored by Midwest Energy, Sunflower Electric, KCP&L, Westar, KEPCo and ITC. (Click on the photo above for a larger view)

Dismemberment Abortion Ban

The legislature approved a law last year banning a controversial abortion procedure that kills unborn children by tearing their limbs off one at a time.
Continue reading...


Education Bills Move Forward

The Kansas Senate approved a bill Thursday (Feb. 26) that defines current contract negotiation terms between boards of education and teacher organizations.

The measure, SB 136, now moves to the House, which approved its own broader bill Thursday 109 to 14.
Continue reading...

Keeping Obscenity Out of Classrooms

Under Senate Bill 56, which passed the upper chamber Thursday (Feb. 26), parents would have a place to complain if their children were exposed to obscene material in school.
Continue reading...

Freedom from Unsafe Restraint

The House approved a bill Thursday (Feb. 26) creating the Freedom from Unsafe Restraint and Seclusion Act.

It would provide that no child with a disability could be subjected to unreasonable, unsafe, or unwarranted use of physical restraint or seclusion rooms.
Continue reading...

School spending up, taxes down in Olathe

 Some naysayers said Kansas legislators couldn’t cut taxes and increase school spending at the same time. Well, they were wrong. In addition to cutting taxes, Republican conservatives have increase school spending every year that Sam Brownback has been governor.
Continue reading...

Economic Reforms in Kansas working for Olathe

Read the full story...

A Recent History of Kansas School Funding

Here’s what happened when a large influx of federal stimulus money was provided to the state for schools during the “Great Recession” and what happened when it went away.
Continue reading...

Keith files for Re-election in 2016

Keith files for re-election

State Representative Keith Esau announced today (Nov. 13) that he has filed to run for re-election in the 14th District, which covers portions of northern Olathe and western Lenexa.

For the third time, he has filed by petition for which he gathered signatures from over 200 voters that live in the district that he personally met with over the last few weeks.
Continue reading...

Spring Elections Would Move to Fall

The Senate approved a bill Friday (Feb. 27) that would move municipal elections from March to August for primary elections and April to November for general elections. The vote was 21-18.

This shift would make our local elections uniform with our state and national elections. Local elections would remain nonpartisan.

Under the Senate’s version, local elections would be held in odd-numbered years beginning in 2017. One exception was provided.

Cities could hold an election in even-numbered years for the purpose of staggering terms of office or having three-year terms of office.

By moving the elections, supporters said voter turnout would be increased substantially and more candidates will participate in the election process. Spring elections normally garner very low turnout.

A similar bill has been introduced in the House. It would also allow voters to mark a “straight line” party ticket, thus saving time at the polls.

Sign Up for Keith's E-mail Newsletter

Rep. Esau wants to keep you informed about what's going on in the Kansas Legislature. So, he writes a weekly column during the legislative session that he e-mails to his list. To sign up for that list, fill out the form below.

* required
Email Format


donate loco

Rep. Esau needs your help through a donation to his campaign through Anedot. Click THIS LINK or the logo above to help Keith win his next election campaign.

Contributions are limited to $500 per person per cycle (primary is one cycle, general election is another).

* If contributions are in excess of $150, state law dictates we need to know your occupation. Lobbyist cannot contribute while the Legislature is in session.