As you recall, our bill to extend the CSA season from March 31 to April 30 sailed through the House on a vote of 121-0. It was considered so non-controversial it was placed on the consent calendar and not even debated on the floor.
Hearings were held in the Senate Ag committee yesterday and things should have gone the same... However, Wildlife, Parks and Tourism came to the committee and appeared neutral on the bill, as they did in the House, but they asked for an amendment to purchase 400 acres in south-central Kansas from Duck's Unlimited.
We have reached the halfway point of the session. Attached is a general update on activities of the 2018 Legislature to date.
Please let me know if you have questions over matters highlighted in this report or specific issues of interest not mentioned herein.
Yesterday the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources held hearings on S 301, which was introduced by Senator Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick to require those who hold themselves out as outfitters and guides to register with the KDWP&T. She is frustrated with people seeking hunting privileges on her property without a way to confirm whether they are simply seeking access as an individual or guiding for pay for other parties, among other concerns.
Our CSA bill extending the season to April 30 is HB 2448.
Yesterday I appeared before the House Agriculture Committee and requested introduction of a bill to extend the CSA season from ending on March 31 to April 30. If passed, the bill would not become effective until July 1, so this is a 2019 season issue. There are ways to get a bill into the statute book sooner, but even under the best of circumstances, I doubt we could get this done in time for 2018.
Senator Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, requested introduction of S 301, which would require outfitters and guides to register with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Legislative & Political Update
January 12, 2018
The Kansas Legislature convened the 2018 session on Monday, January 8. Although a relatively slow work, legislatively speaking, the Governor’s State of the State speech delivered to a joint session of the House and Senate on Tuesday of this week made up for any deficiency of excitement or entertainment.