WELFARE REFORM 2016
House Republicans on Thursday announced new proposals to the Hope Act, Kansas’ nation leading welfare reform bill passed during the 2015 session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School spending up, taxes down in OlatheSome 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.
Economic Reforms in Kansas working for Olathe
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.
Keith files for Re-election in 2016
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.
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.
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