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Policy Watch 2022

Weekly updates from the Kansas legislature by Paul Johnson

October 4, 2022: Policy Watch #18– Special Pre-Election Edition

June 3, 2022: Policy Watch #17– Final Public Policy Updates

May 6, 2022: Policy Watch #16– Kansas in Uncharted Redistricting Waters

April 29, 2022: Policy Watch #15– Legislative Session Nearing End

April 22, 2022: Policy Watch #14– Veto Session Uncertainties

April 1, 2022: Policy Watch #13– Legislative Notes

March 25, 2022: Policy Watch #12– Next Week in the Legislature

March 18, 2022: Policy Watch #11– Balance of Powers Threatened

March 11, 2022: Policy Watch #10– Public Water Supply Debate

March 4, 2022: Policy Watch #9– Grocery/Food Sales Tax Future?

February 25, 2022: Policy Watch #8– Water Reform Legislation Progress

February 18, 2022: Policy Watch #7– Water Programs Scramble

February 11, 2022: Policy Watch #6– Redistricting Revenge

February 4, 2022: Policy Watch #5– The Real Redistricting Battle Begins

January 28, 2022: Policy Watch #4– Redistricting with a Smirk

January 21, 2022: Policy Watch #3– Redistricting Roll Out

January 14, 2022: Policy Watch #2– State of the State Address Review

January 8, 2022: Policy Watch #1– 2022 Kansas Legislative Session Preview

Policy Watch 2021

September 14, 2021: Policy Watch #18–Update on Key Issues of Housing, Energy, Water and Redistricting

May 15, 2021: Policy Watch #17–Legislative Session Ends; now for the Consequences

May 7, 2021: Policy Watch #16–Legislative End Game Power Plays Continue

April 30, 2021: Policy Watch #15–Final Days of Session

April 9, 2021: Policy Watch #14–Legislative Coordinating Council (LCC) Throne

April 2, 2021: Policy Watch #13–Redistricting Guidelines

March 26, 2021: Policy Watch #12–Water (Dis) Organization

March 19, 2021: Policy Watch #11–Water Rights/Law Testimony

March 12, 2021: Policy Watch #10–State Energy Plan Stall

March 5, 2021: Policy Watch #9–Big Policy Battles Remain

February 26, 2021: Policy Watch #8–Legislative Timelines

February 19, 2021: Policy Watch #7–Mother Nature Shows her Stuff

February 12, 2021: Policy Watch #6–Tax Cut Bandwagon…or Déjà Vu

February 5, 2021: Policy Watch #5–Must all issues be partisan?

January 29, 2021: Policy Watch #4–Water Policy Future

January 22, 2021: Policy Watch #3–Pandemic Protocols

January 15, 2021: Policy Watch #2–Budget Uncertainty

January 8, 2021: Policy Watch #1–Session Preview

Policy Watch 2020 Archives
Policy Watch 2019 Archives



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2022 LWVK Advocacy Priorities Brochure


Legislative Observer Corps

Volunteers on behalf of LWV Kansas regularly attend committee meetings held by the Kansas legislature. Volunteers observe the committee process, follow targeted bills through the legislative process, and occasionally write and deliver testimony.

LWVK Observers Reporting Form


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Redistricting Maps

Our People Powered Fair Maps committee has spent the time to listen through testimony given by Kansans, worked with our nine local leagues, and coalition partners to put together the Bluestem Congress Redistricting Map. Click here to read our testimony and see our map that is People Powered and representative of Kansans.

Here you can see the partisan map, Ad Astra 2, that has passed through the Kansas Senate and is to be seen in the House.
















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