Read Mary's Legislative Reports
Please check out our newest feature -- Mary's Legislative Reports. In addition to her newsletter, Mary is also releasing a weekly comprehensive update about the Senate's activity, both on the floor and in committee. Visit the Legislative Reports page for a list of these reports.

Legislative Report -- March 31

The Kansas Senate met for three days this week which included long hours on the floor, debating and passing a host of bills covering a wide range of subjects. The Legislature recessed on Wednesday and will return this following week to consider Conference Committee Reports before we adjourn on April 4.

Overall, I am pleased with the progress of the session but remain hopeful we can achieve progress on some other issues yet to be addressed this year that would improve and shrink the size and scope of government.

For the rest of the report, click here.

Senator Pilcher-Cook Proposes Legislation to put Parents in Control of Sex Education for their Children

Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee) announced today that she will be introducing legislation requiring school districts to receive signed permission slips from parents before their children can receive sex education classes in public schools. Her proposal comes in the wake of a poster entitled “How do people express their sexual feelings?” at Hocker Grove Middle School which then listed several sexual acts. Read more...

Video: 2013 Tax Law Changes

The Kansas Department of Revenue, in conjunction with the Kansas Society of CPAs, created a 30-minute video to inform Kansas taxpayers about the new tax law effective in 2013. I encourage you to view it, as it is quite good:

If you can't view the embedded video, you can also view it by clicking here:

Need for License and Background Check for Navigators

Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook, (R- Shawnee), Chairman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, announced today she plans to introduce legislation requiring greater oversight of navigators, assisters or other individuals that play a significant part enrolling Kansans in Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act). The measure would require background checks and licensing prior to starting work in Kansas.

For the full release, please click here.

Pilcher-Cook says Guth Comments call for an Investigation into KU’s Academic Freedom Policy

Shawnee – Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, (R-Shawnee), has called for an investigation into the University of Kansas’ Academic Freedom Policy to determine whether it allows dismissal of KU Professor David Guth for his controversial comments on Twitter. Guth has proposed the sons and daughters of NRA members be killed in the next mass shooting and has said he is standing by his comments and will not apologize for his tweet.

For the full release, please click here.

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