The Statehouse is a beehive of activity. Citizen activist are making a difference this year in Topeka! Political CHIPS is working hard to make sure you know which bills are up for discussion and putting out the call for your input. You are not disappointing us.
Yesterday, the Senate was buzzing with the news that 'the gun rights people' packed out SB45 which was a committee hearing on a bill that would prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to lobby against legal products. The room was packed with standing room only There were four that testified in support of the bill and only one testified against. I spoke with Senators Michael O'Donnell and Greg Smith after the hearing and they both feel positive about this bill. However, please keep calling committee members and urge them to vote YES. We cannot let up! Committee members can be found here: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/committees/ctte_s_ethics_e...
This morning, I attended the Fed and State Affairs Committee hearing for HB2050 which is the lawful discharge exemption bill. All four testimonies were in support, including KSRA President and the KS Police Officers Association.
At noon, the Federal and State Affairs Firearms Sub-Committee met to discuss how to condense 9 bills into 3. I am happy to report that the committee is recommending that HB 2199, The Second Amendment Protection Act be a stand alone bill. This bill is much needed in Kansas to protect our second amendment rights. Sub-Committee meetings are really just a 'working' meeting without testimony. Todays meeting was packed with approximately 75 citizen observers and members of the media. This tells you how important this bill is. It is very important that you call the Federal and State Affairs Committee members and ask them for a yes vote so the entire House can vote. You can find the committee members here: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/committees/ctte_h_fed_st_1/