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Government and Community Relations


 

The Government and Community Relations (GCR) team advocates on behalf of Pittsburg State at the local, state, and federal levels. The GCR team also serves as the legislative liasion between Pitt State and local, state and federal policymakers.

Along with advocating for Pittsburg State on all levels, the GCR team also keeps the PSU community informed of major legislative activity. 

Capitol Gorilla updates can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Legislative Session Reports


Capitol Gorilla legislative reports are compiled by the Capitol Gorilla team of:

Shawn Naccarato, PSU Chief Strategy Officer

Riley Scott, founder of Scott Consulting and PSU legislative liaison. 

 

2019 

 

Week 1: The Kansas Legislature gaveled in for the 2019 Legislative Session at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 and took off running. Typically, the first few days are slow as legislators settle into their offices. Week one, however, saw glimpses of fireworks that could set the tone for a complicated legislative session. Issues discussed include the state budget, federal tax windfall, sports wagering, and more.

FULL REPORT: Weekly Legislative Report: January 18

 

Week 2: With the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday and delayed start on Wednesday due to winter weather, it was a short and less eventful week in the Kansas Legislature. However, lawmakers are settling into their committees, bills are being introduced, and the chatter in the halls is growing. Drinking from a firehose, committees spent most of the week holding informational hearings surrounding the topics that are expected to headline the 2019 Session. From taxes to Medicaid expansion to K-12 funding, this week did see some movement worthy of report.

FULL REPORT: Weekly Legislative Report: January 25

 

Week 3: This week started off slow on Monday but quickly picked up pace surrounding two headliner issues of the 2019 Legislative Session. The Senate is now on its way to debate the “federal windfall” tax bill, and the Governor’s Medicaid expansion and budget bills have officially been introduced into committees.

FULL REPORT: Weekly Legislative Report: February 1

 

Week 4: With less than three weeks left before Turnaround – when bills must be passed by their original chamber – the pace is picking up in the Kansas Legislature. Both Chambers began considering legislation on their General Orders, several hot-topic bills were introduced, and hearings are quickly being added to committee calendars for next week.

FULL REPORT: Weekly Legislative Report: February 8

 

Week 5: With the official halfway point in the session nearing, today is the last day for bills to be introduced in non-exempt committees. All bills that have not passed their House of Origin by Turnaround on February 28 – or are not “blessed” to an exempt committee – are considered dead for the year. Over 190 bills were introduced this week in a mad rush to make today’s deadline.

FULL REPORT: Weekly Legislative Report: Feb. 15