Capitol Comments Articles
Legislature Adjourns Sine Die after Finalizing Votes on a Few Outstanding Bills and Veto Overrides

KansasCapitol (May 23, 2022) – Today, the Kansas Legislature addressed an unprecedented veto session #2. With last week's Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the re-districted legislative maps will stand, the matters before the Legislature during today's one-day session were limited to outstanding items. As a result, the Legislature adjourned Sine Die after completing their work. They will return on Jan. 9, 2023.

Before adjourning, the Legislature debated the following bills Governor Laura Kelly previously vetoed:

  • House Bill 2252 prohibits the modification of election laws by agreement except as approved by the Legislative Coordinating Council. The vote to override the veto passed in the House 84-37 and the Senate 27-10.
  • House Bill 2387 prohibits the issuance of a request for proposal or entering into a new contract for the administration and provision of benefits under the Medical Assistance Program and removes the authority of the governor to prohibit attending or conducting certain religious services and worship services. The vote to override the veto passed in the House on a vote of 84-38 and the Senate on a vote of 27-10.

The Senate also voted on the previously passed conference committee report on House Substitute for Senate Bill 19 that implements the 988 suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline in Kansas. The conference committee report passed the Senate on a vote of 25-2. The bill now goes to the governor.

The House also voted on the previously passed conference committee report on House Bill 2540, a bill that previously passed the Senate and adds THC to the Food and Drug Administration's approved drugs and adjusts the Controlled Substances Act. The bill passed the House to include language allowing fentanyl strips but the Senate version took that out. The Senate requested version has now passed the House on a vote of 120-2 and now goes to the governor.

The House and Senate took up the conference committee report on House Bill 2136. The tax bill eliminated the tax category of pre-paid sales tax, allows Atchison to vote on a sales tax initiative, delays a sales tax removal on delivery services until July 1, 2023, and creates a property tax abatement for businesses impacted by COVID-19 business closures. The bill report passed the Senate 35-0 and the House 120-1 and now goes to the governor.

Following the House adjournment, the Senate did take up Senate Substitute for House Bill 2597, a major tax reform package. The Senate voted to approve the bill on a vote of 27-0. There was no opportunity for the House to vote on the legislation.