Regular session wraps; veto session looms
Rachelle Colombo; KMS Director of Government Affairs
The legislature officially adjourned its regular session on Thursday, April 2, leaving many major policy questions unanswered until the Veto Session begins at the end of the month. Though both chambers have developed a budget bill, only the Senate has passed the measure, sending the discussion to a conference committee. In conference, House and Senate negotiators are tasked with establishing provisions acceptable to a majority of both legislative bodies. In addition to the remaining work on a budget bill, revenue enhancements (tax increases) may also be needed to support major state financial obligations. House and Senate tax committees have held hearings throughout the session on a number of tax policy proposals, but neither body has formally engaged in debate on the subject yet. While sometimes slated only for consideration of measures vetoed by the Governor, the Veto Session beginning April 27 will be fully focused on budget and tax negotiations and any other lingering priorities.
Registration open for all-new Members Meeting
Make plans to join us at the upcoming KMS Members Meeting on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10am-2:30pm at the Wichita Hyatt. (Click here to review a detailed schedule and register for the event.)
This is the first annual members meeting since the House of Delegates was replaced last year. In the past only delegates attended the meeting; now, this meeting is open to all members and there is no cost to attend. We are excited about our new one-day format, which will include CME, networking opportunities and time for members to share concerns or ideas directly with the KMS Board of Trustees. Our keynote speaker Kevin Pho, MD–founder and editor of the popular blog KevinMD.com–will cover one of the most challenging issues in health care today, that of social media.
This meeting has been re-designed with you in mind. The one-day schedule will allow you to participate in important KMS discussions without giving up your entire weekend. We're excited about these changes and hope that you'll make plans to attend.