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Policy Watch 2021

Weekly updates from the Kansas legislature by Paul Johnson.

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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Action Alert – Kansas Voter Suppression Legislation – April 2021
New legislation in the Kansas Legislature combines several voter suppression tactics. These bills would:

  • Make advance mail-in voting more confusing, less accessible, and less reliable.
  • Make it a felony to return more than five of your family or friend’s ballots.
  • Remove protections that prevent votes from being thrown out due to mail delays.

Call your legislators and remind them that advanced voting in Kansas is already safe and secure. These bills add no new protections to our elections and will disenfranchise tens of thousands of Kansans for no good reason – Vote NO on all election overhaul bills!

If you have not already responded to our previous Alerts about the Census and the U.S. Postal Service –

Take Action: Census in Danger!

COVID-19 has caused significant delays and disruptions to census operations which is why the Bureau has requested the extended household counting operations through October 31, 2020.  But recently, the U.S. Census Bureau, announced it would be ending census operations on September 30, 2020.

Shortening the timeline to collect data and rush operations during a national pandemic is an intentional plot to sabotage the census and skew Congressional representation, redistricting, and critical funding allotments for every state in the country.

But Congress can act to protect the census by

  • ensuring the next stimulus package includes provisions that the Bureau has asked for to extend the data delivery deadlines and
  • ensuring necessary funding to complete counting activities is included in the legislation.

Click here to Tell Congress to protect the Census in the next version of the stimulus bill.


Policy Watch is a publication of the Kansas Rural Center with sponsorship from the following: League of Women Voters of Kansas, Kansas Natural Resource Council, Kansas Farmers Union, and Climate + Energy Project.

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