Updates and Alerts

State Legislators Wrap Up 2024 Session

Tax Policy To Be Focus of Expected Special Session
State lawmakers returned to the Capitol in Topeka early last week to complete their work for the 2024 legislative session.

As anticipated the veto session was only a few days, wrapping up with discussion of taxes and professional sports interrupted by taking shelter twice during last Tuesday night’s tornado warnings.

Ultimately lawmakers left the Capitol after overriding a number of Governor Kelly’s earlier vetoes and sending to her for consideration a state budget, education funding, and other key legislation – but NOT a bill that would have created special sales tax incentive districts designed to lure the Royals and Chiefs to Kansas.

What still remains unresolved is tax reduction legislation, with Governor Kelly vetoing proposals sent to her as too expensive and legislators so far unable to override her. As promised the Governor is now expected to call lawmakers back to Topeka before mid-June for a special session focused on finding agreement on a tax reduction package.

Watch your inbox in the coming weeks for a summary of all the legislative action from the session, where bills impacting workers compensation, unemployment compensation, workforce, education, and much more have passed.

Save the Date:
Countywide Panel Discussion with State Lawmakers
The Johnson County Public Policy Council, the public policy arm of the area local chambers of commerce, will wrap up the legislative session by offering a countywide moderated panel discussion featuring Johnson County-area state lawmakers on Wednesday, May 22, 3:30pm in the KU Edwards Campus Auditorium, 12600 S. Quivira Rd, Overland Park. Join chamber members from around Johnson County to hear directly from legislators who lead or serve on committees that consider issues important to the business community.

Mark your calendar now for this FREE event, with updated details and registration information to come!



Kansas Senate

Kansas House of Representatives

Interested in a bill and want to learn more?

  • Explore the legislature’s website kslegislature.org to find House and Senate calendars, links to proposed bills, and committee information including live meeting audio links and posted testimony.
  • Watch House and Senate sessions and many committee meetings via the Kansas Legislature’s YouTube channel.
  • Access archived committee meeting audio recordings here.
  • Follow legislative action simultaneously detailed on Twitter using the hashtag #ksleg.
  • Call the State Library’s toll-free legislative hotline at (800) 432-3924. Calls and questions are confidential.
  • Ask questions such as how to read the calendar, what’s existing law and what would change in a proposed bill, etc, by contacting Ashley Sherard at asherard@lenexa.org or (913) 888-1414.



The Kansas Capitol came to the Chamber on Friday, January 12, when Lenexa-area state legislators were guests of the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee, Board, and Economic Development Council to talk about issues in Topeka and connect with our members!

The Chamber looks forward to working this year with Kansas Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes and Kansas Reps. Jo Ella Hoye, Susan Ruiz, Adam Turk, Laura Williams, and Brandon Woodard.



The Lenexa Chamber Board of Directors has approved a legislative platform to guide our advocacy in the upcoming 2024 state legislative session.  The platform addresses a spectrum of issues important to the business community including tax policy, key business costs and regulations, K-12 and higher education, health care, transportation, economic development, and others.

Click here to view the Chamber’s 2024 State Legislative Agenda.

Questions or feedback?  Call Ashley Sherard, CEO, at 913-888-1414 or email asherard@lenexa.org.