Updates and Alerts
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: FIRST ADJOURNMENT
The COVID-19 pandemic brought the main body of the legislative session unexpectedly to an end two weeks ahead of its originally scheduled April 3rd first adjournment, stranding for now some issues that in a normal session may have advanced. Lawmakers tentatively plan to return to Topeka to wrap up the session starting April 27, but what that veto session will look like and how COVID-19 will impact individual issues remains uncertain.
For a sampling of where business-related issues stand in the legislative process following first adjournment, click here.
Questions or feedback about an issue or the Chamber’s legislative advocacy? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUTGOING COMMITTEE CHAIR RECOGNIZED
At a recent Legislative Affairs meeting we recognized outgoing Committee Chair Lisa Tomlinson of Bank of Blue Valley-Lenexa Branch. As a token of our appreciation for her Chamber service, we presented her with a piece of the Kansas Capitol’s old copper dome!
The committee’s incoming Chair, who assumed leadership at our January meeting, is Andy Huckaba of Huckaba & Associates.
AREA LEGISLATORS MEET WITH CHAMBER COMMITTEE
On Friday, January 24, all seven Lenexa-area state legislators were guests of the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee to talk issues in Topeka, resulting in good dialogue and good fun! Thanks to Kansas Sen. Dinah Sykes and Kansas Reps. Tom Cox, Charlotte Esau, Cindy Holscher, John Resman, Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard for taking time to engage with your business constituents.
If you would like to join other Chamber members in learning more about the issues and help lead the way on advocating for our community, contact Ashley Sherard at email@example.com.
2020 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE SERIES
The Lenexa Chamber is partnering with other area local chambers on a series of events throughout the state legislative session to enhance communication and interaction between the business community and our state legislative delegation.
These events feature area legislators on hand to discuss issues, answer questions, and provide the latest updates (it’s also a great opportunity to network with members from other chambers!) A list of legislators scheduled to appear at each event, subject to change, will be announced.
ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT:
DoubleTree by Hilton Kansas City-Overland Park
10100 College Blvd.
CHAMBER BOARD APPROVES 2020 STATE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The Lenexa Chamber Board of Directors has approved a legislative platform to guide our advocacy in the upcoming 2020 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.
For a summary of the platform, please click here.
Questions or feedback? Call Ashley Sherard, Vice President and Director of Legislative Affairs, at 913-888-1414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.