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House and Senate Wrap Up for Spring Break
KansasCapitol (Mar. 19, 2020) – The House and Senate went to the floor at 9 a.m. this morning to finish up four bills before leaving two weeks early for their spring break. The four bills have been under debate all week in conference committees and went to the floor for an up or down vote. Key among them was Substitute for House Bill 2168, which placed the provider assessment changes requested by the Kansas Hospital Association in statute. In addition, Substitute for Senate Bill 66, the state budget, passed with Medicaid expansion funding in the bill, although the funding would be shifted to address COVID-19 needs if an expansion bill is not passed this session. House Concurrent Resolution 5025, which places some limitation on Governor Laura Kelly's disaster authority to allow for legislative oversight, also passed. The legislature will now adjourn until April 27, when they will reconvene for the veto session.