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.
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Due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday and the Kansas Republican Convention this weekend, the legislative week was abbreviated. As such, there is not much to report in terms of passed legislation, as most of the work we did was in committee.
That, however, did not stop this week from being a busy one for me – in fact, you may have read some media accounts regarding my activity in Topeka, both in terms of legislation I have proposed, as well as regarding a hearing in my committee, Senate Public Health and Welfare.
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...Week 1 Report
The 2014 Legislative Session is now under way as we rolled through the first week of activity. This session looks to be a busy one, with a number of important items on the docket before we leave later this spring. At the end of the newsletter, I will also give a short recap of 2013.
I will again be serving as chairman of the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee, as well as being vice chairman of the KanCare Oversight committee and a member of the Judiciary, Commerce and Assessment & Taxation Committees.
For the rest of the report, click here. 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:
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.
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.
One of the more frustrating things for those of us in Topeka is when the media reports one-quarter of the story and then pretends like it is the complete story. This has happened again in reporting by Tim Carpenter of the Topeka Capital-Journal. If you were to believe this story, education spending in Kansas has been slashed dramatically, to the point where we are fourth in the nation in making severe cuts to public schools. If that seems like I’m using hyperbole, I’m not – that is how the story portrays the situation:
The special session of the Kansas Legislature went exactly how it should go – quickly and successfully. We were able to accomplish our duties within just two days.
For the full legislative report, please click here.
Mary Pilcher-Cook Response to Barbara Shelly Column
On February 21, Barbara Shelly of The Kansas City Star wrote this column with her assertion that I would “hear only one side of an issue” on the subject of expanding Medicaid in Kansas in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, of which I am chairman.
For the rest of my explanation and to read my response, click here.
The Road Forward on Health Care
I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! This time of year provides us an opportunity to reflect upon the significant blessings in our lives – our faith, family, friends, and the freedom we are able to enjoy by living in the United States of America.
Many of you have asked me in recent days about what we can do as a state to protect the freedom we enjoy in regards to our health care, given the re-election of President Obama. In last year’s session, we fell one vote short of forwarding the Kansas Health Care Freedom Amendment to the voters. The amendment to the Kansas Constitution, which you can learn more about at www.kansashealthcarefreedom.com, would allow Kansans to establish their clear feelings in regards to the federal health care law.
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