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Kansas Legislative Update by Senator Caryn Tyson

The last day of the 2021 session is scheduled for May 26. It tends to be ceremonial, but this year there should be an effort to override a couple more of the Governor’s vetoes. I’ll let you know next week how that goes. Below Are Several Bills Signed Into Law.
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Legislative Update by State Senator Caryn Tyson

The Governor vetoed a number of bills. Several of these were good bills that needed to pass into law. There will be an attempt to override the vetoes during Veto-Session, which starts May 3. A list of vetoed bills should be posted at. http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/year1/measures/reports/veto_fr/. Fairness in Women’s Sports. The Governor...
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Governor Vetoes Tax RELIEF that would Slow Government Growth. It is not a surprise but disappointing the Governor vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 50. The bill would provide some RELIEF for Kansas taxpayers by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money. There were several items in the bill. There are too many to list but here are a few key items. It would give Kansas taxpayers the option to itemize whether they itemize on their federal return or not. The bill would also increase state standard deductions by $500 so individual deductions would increase to $3,500 and married filing jointly to $8,000. It also would allow a deduction on money spent on business meals. Additionally, it would allow net operating losses to be carried forward and would allow all to expense tangible property deductions, something corporations in Kansas can already do. It would also extend the corporate filing deadline by 30 days past the IRS deadline.
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KS State Senator Caryn Tyson Legislative Update Week 10

Thank you Mr. Attorney General for taking action against the federal administration for attempting to stop state tax cuts. The administration is trying to block any tax relief even though it was started before federal COVID-19 funds were made available. Myself and other Kansas legislators will continue to work on tax relief.
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Caryn Tyson Legislative Update Week 8

The Senate worked over 40 bills in three days. Topics such as emergency powers, energy costs, tax, and others. There were too many bills to cover in this update. You can find all of the bills at www.KSLegislature.org. Emergency Powers. Kansas has laws that allow the legislature to provide the...
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Legislative Update by State Senator Caryn Tyson

All of the senate work was in committees last week. It was the last week that committees meet before turnaround, the half-way point of session. There were some good, bad, and ugly results for the week. The Good. The Senate Tax Committee passed out several bills but most notably was...
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Legislative Update By State Senator Caryn Tyson

The foster care system in Kansas is broken. Senate Bill (SB) 85 is another effort to fix it. It would require notifications by foster care contractors to the Department for Children and Families (DCF) when a foster child is missing or spends the night in a location that is not licensed. There is a $500 fee per day the incident is not reported. The bill passed 38 to 0.
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Legislative Update by State Senator Caryn Tyson

RELIEF ACT – Slowing Government Growth. Senate Bill (SB) 22, also referred to as the RELIEF Act, would allow Kansas taxpayers to keep more of their hard earned money. The bill addresses unintended tax increases that resulted from the 2017 federal tax cuts. The two main items dealing with the federal tax cuts would allow Kansas taxpayers the option to itemize, whether they itemize on their federal return or not and would lower business taxes on offshore earnings brought to Kansas, encouraging businesses to invest in Kansas. The bill also has provisions making it clear that you would not owe income tax on money that was paid to someone who stole your identity, or on paycheck protection money, and business meals would be 100% deductible. It also would allow small businesses to expense some deductions, something corporations in Kansas can do. During debate the bill was amended to remove all income tax on Social Security benefits, and on employment retirement programs (including self-employment), and to increase standard deductions by approximately 20%. The bill passed on a vote of 24 to 15. I voted Yes. The Governor called the bill “irresponsible” and it appears would veto the bill. It is responsible to decrease the burden of taxpayers, especially with the hardships they face.
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Legislative Update by State Senator Caryn Tyson

Senate Resolution (SR) 1707 calls on the Governor to change her phased rollout plan of the COVID-19 vaccines. It sends a strong message that convicted criminals should not be placed before other Kansans who need the vaccine. It is misguided that the Governor has placed criminals such as the Carr brothers (convicted of horrific murders) at a higher priority than our parents and grandparents. As with most legislation or resolutions, there are a couple of items that could have been left out – most notably the 10 frameable copies to the carrier of the Resolution. The resolution passed on a bipartisan vote of 28 to 8. I voted Yes.a A member of the minority party attempted to bring the presidential election into the debate but those efforts were thwarted because it was not germane to the resolution.
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Who has the authority to write laws addressing abortion in Kansas? House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 5003 titled Value Them Both (VTB) passed the Senate on a vote of 28 to 11. I was one of the 28 who voted yes to pass the Resolution and allow voters the opportunity to change the Kansas Constitution on the August 2022 ballot, making it clear the legislature has the authority to write laws on abortion, not the courts.
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Legislative Update by State Senator Caryn Tyson

The 2021 session began with state legislators taking an oath Monday, January 11, 2021 to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the Kansas Constitution. This happens every four years in the senate and two years in the house. It is a reminder of our duty and the foundation in which our forefathers established and defended.