Updates and Alerts

 

LEGISLATIVE RECAP:  FINAL ADJOURNMENT

The 2020 state legislative session was unusual, with most of the later part of the session shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, stranding some issues that in a normal session may have advanced. Despite the challenges, the Chamber worked hard to promote policies that support our members’ success and save you time and dollars (including costly bills that didn’t become law.) For a detailed overview of what passed, what didn’t, and how the Chamber’s agenda fared, find a 2020 recap here highlighting business-related legislation that received at least a committee hearing.

Unless called back to Topeka, state lawmakers are now adjourned until January 2021.

Questions or feedback?  Contact Ashley Sherard, Vice-President and Director of Legislative Affairs, at asherard@lenexa.org.

 

LENEXA-AREA LAWMAKERS ZOOM INTO THE CHAMBER

On June 5, following adjournment of the legislature’s special session, all seven Lenexa-area state legislators Zoomed in with the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee to provide final updates and perspective on 2020 legislative action and look ahead to the upcoming elections. 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.

 

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE GOES DIGITAL

The COVID-10 shutdown hasn’t stopped the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee from convening — the Committee recently held its second digital meeting, this time focusing on reopening discussions and updated state revenue projections. Thanks to Committee Chair Andy Huckaba, Huckaba & Associates, and all the participants for staying connected!

 

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 asherard@lenexa.org.

 

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 asherard@lenexa.org.

Lenexa Chamber on Twitter:

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