AIA Legislative Updates
Legislative Update Week 3
January 28, 2018
Gov. Brownback Confirmed as Ambassador - The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm Gov. Brownback’s appointment as U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. The Governor has since announced that he intends to resign on Jan. 31. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will be sworn in to take over as Governor that day at 3:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation - Tell your story! On Wednesday, Terry Humphrey spoke to the Kansas Historic Theater Association at their quarterly meeting at The Columbian Theater in Wamego, KS. The presentation was an update on the Historic Tax Credit and preservation advocacy. The following are highlights from the meeting: Preserving historic structures provides not only tangible economic benefits, but also a shared sense of community pride. That is why it’s so important to keep fighting for state and national policies that encourage historic preservation. How do we do this? Telling stories about preservation projects is a powerful way to raise awareness and engage communities in preservation advocacy. As we continue to build strategic partnerships with those who share our goals, we can continue to protect the development tools we already have, as well as creating new ones. Thank you for helping us protect our history. Friends of Historic Preservation (FOHP) is committed to continuing to fight to preserve our architectural and cultural heritage.
Upcoming Committee Meeting of Interest - HB 2506 HB 2506 deals with city authority regarding rehabilitation of abandoned property. It is scheduled for discussion and possible action in the House Local Government committee on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 281-N. The fiscal note for the bill is available here.
Your support is needed - For the last eight years the FOHP coalition has educated state, and more recently national, leaders about preservation policy. We work with them on programs that encourage greater economic development by utilizing historic buildings. To continue our successful educational and lobbying agenda, we need your financial support. If you haven’t already made a pledge or contributed to the FOHP we respectfully request your financial commitment to fund the 2018 lobbying contract. If you appreciate these updates and value our efforts to maintain our historic preservation presence at the Statehouse, please help support our efforts with your contribution. Thank you for your support!
Please make your check payable to Terry Humphrey Public Affairs Group and mail it toTHPAG, PO Box 4953, Topeka, KS 66604
January 26, 2018
Lansing Prison Update
The State Finance Council voted on Wed., Jan. 24 to approve the contract for CoreCivic to rebuild the Lansing Prison after speculation last week that there were not enough votes to support the project.
Estimated to cost $362 million over 20 years, the proposed lease-purchase facility’s costs, timeline, and negotiation process were heavily questioned by legislators. In addition, some legislators expressed concerns over staffing needs for the proposed new prison design. The Department of Corrections has indicated that greater efficiency in the proposed layout of the new facility will reduce the number of staff required for operations.
A bill was also introduced to prevent the Finance Council from making the final decision regarding the Lansing prison contract. HB 2463 would essentially start the process over by putting the prison location out for bid, rather than rebuilding on the existing site. No hearing has been scheduled for this bill.
Gov. Brownback Confirmed as Ambassador
The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm Gov. Brownback’s appointment as U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. The Governor has since announced that he intends to resign on Jan. 31. There is no word yet on when Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will be sworn in to take over as Governor.
Please feel free to call me at (785) 221-8215 with any questions or concerns you may have.
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