Schreiber weighs in on current progress of 2019 legislative session Featured

60th District Representative Mark Schreiber 60th District Representative Mark Schreiber KVOE File Photo

The 2019 legislative session is starting to pick up.

This is according to 60th District Representative Mark Schreiber of Emporia, KVOE's Newsmaker 2 guest this Monday morning. Schreiber says at the start this year's session got off to a slower start than normal.

Discussions on K-12 education funding continues to be a major discussion item as legislators continue work to meet mandates set forth by the Supreme Court last year. On the topic, Schreiber says a "curveball" has been thrown into the discussions as plaintiffs in the ongoing lawsuit against the state decided the original proposed total of $90 million was not an adequate amount.

Schreiber says he believes, although there are several differing opinions on the matter, a bill could be passed if the right number is presented.

In February, the Attorney General handed down a deadline of mid-March for when he would like to have something in hand. The deadline is to allow enough time for the Attorney General to prepare briefings before going to the Supreme Court in April.

Another item which has garnered much attention during the session has been Senate Bill 22. The bill was developed in response to a law signed by President Donald Trump in 2017 and would essentially allow corporations and individuals to avoid $190 million in state income taxes.

To do this the bill would adjust Kansas Statute to allow individuals to itemize income tax deductions on state returns and take a higher standard deduction on federal returns. After gaining approval in the Senate in February, the bill saw final action taken in the House this past Friday gaining approval by a 76-43 vote.

Schreiber says there are just two weeks remaining of hearings in the non-exempt committees before matters will make their way to the floor. You can hear the full interview with Schreiber online in the Audio Vault.

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Last modified on Monday, 11 March 2019 14:17