Dear Friend,

I want to take this opportunity to update you on the significant actions taken during the 2015 Kansas legislative session and how they affect you as a constituent of House District 84 (HD 84). 

The 2015 session was the longest session in our state’s history, because of a lack of direction from Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican controlled legislature which resulted in stalling and gridlock.  The session lasted 113 days, 23 days longer than the usual 90 day session, and cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

The session came to an end after the legislature passed the largest tax increase in Kansas history. The tax package, which totals $1.5 billion over the next three years, was needed to fill the state’s $800 million budget deficit caused by the governor’s failed tax policy. I opposed the tax increase because working Kansans should not be forced to pay more taxes while big businesses and the wealthiest Kansans continue to pay nothing.

In response to constituent requests, this legislative session I pre-filed and re-introduced the Cannabis Compassionate Care Act bill (HB2011) and introduced a Distinctive License Plate bill (HB2013) for the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. I also introduced three other major bills during the session: Body Cameras for Law Enforcement (HB2137), Civil Asset Forfeiture statewide audit request and a bill (HB 2271), and a Sexual Assault Protection bill (HB2147). Fortunately, the license plate was signed into law and the asset forfeiture audit was approved.

 I want to thank you for the support you have entrusted to me and for giving me the honor of allowing me to serve you in the Kansas House. I hope you find the information in this legislative report useful. Even though the legislature has adjourned, please do not hesitate to contact me. As your representative I enjoy hearing your opinions and discussing ways to improve our great state.

Best Regards,

Rep. Gail Finney

KS HD84, Wichita, Democrat

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