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Last week concluded Week 4 of the 2020 Kansas Legislature. Floor votes were taken in both the House and Senate on a constitutional amendment on abortion. The legislature had slow activity outside of that issue, as all activities on Wednesday were cancelled to allow people to attend a celebration for the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory. Please find a summary of some of highlights of the week below. Property Tax Focus This week saw additional hearings on property tax-related bills in the Senate Committee on Assessment and Taxation. SB 295, prohibiting...

While the third week of the 2020 Kansas Legislature was occupied with hearings on Medicaid expansion, a constitutional amendment on abortion, and the roll-out of the next Transportation Plan, an assortment of bills on other issues were also considered. A summary of highlights of the week is below. New Transportation Plan “FORWARD” Introduced On Wednesday, January 29th, in the House Appropriations Committee, Kansas Dept. of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz introduced the transportation plan for the next decade. The plan, referred to as "FORWARD" will permit amendments as special needs arise that require...

The second week of the 2020 Kansas Legislative Session kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 21, following the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday. The week saw a flurry of bills introductions and hearings, while hearings on Medicaid expansion and a constitutional amendment on abortion consumed most of the oxygen in the capitol. A summary of some of those issues below. Kansas House Leadership Rolls Out "Make Kansas Work" Plan On Thursday, House leadership outlined a "Make Kansas Work" plan that is intended to benefit rural economies, health care, encourage homeownership,...

2020 Legislative Session Begins The 2020 Kansas legislature gaveled in on Monday January 13, 2020. It was a busy week in the capitol building which saw a State of the State address by the Governor, the retirement of a state senator and the swearing in of a new member of the House, and the introduction of dozens of new bills. Heading into the 2020 legislative session, several controversial issues have been gearing up for prime time. Expect to see the most attention on how to expand Medicaid, approving the next 10-year...

The Kansas biofuels industry applauds the United States Senate's advancement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), 89-10, to President Trump Thursday. Renew Kansas Biofuels Association worked with its national affiliate associations to provide outreach to Kansans whom USMCA’s passage would positively affect. Numerous biofuel organizations and producers contacted their elected officials in the House of Representatives and Senate advocating for the advancement of USMCA. “Advancement of the USMCA is a great win for Kansas agribusiness,” Renew Kansas president and CEO Ron Seeber said. “Whether it be grain, agriculture inputs or biofuels, passage...

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2020, and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021. The EPA is committed to ensuring a net of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel is blended in 2020. “Through President Trump’s leadership, this Administration continues to promote domestic ethanol and biodiesel production, supporting our Nation’s farmers and providing greater energy security,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “President Trump committed to our nation’s farmers that biofuel requirements would be...

The Kansas biofuels industry is grateful to the Kansas congressional delegation for Congress’ advancement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to the Senate Thursday morning. Renew Kansas Biofuels Association worked with its national affiliate associations to provide outreach to Kansans whom USMCA’s passage would positively affect. Numerous grain, crop protection, biofuel organizations and producers contacted their elected officials in the House of Representatives advocating for the advancement of USMCA. “Advancement of the USMCA is a great win for Kansas agribusiness,” Renew Kansas president and CEO Ron Seeber said. “Whether it be grain,...

EPA is accepting comments on its plan to reallocate future Renewable Fuel Standard volumes lost to small refinery exemptions (SREs) until Friday, Nov. 29. On October 15, 2019, EPA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021. The supplemental notice proposes adjustments to the way annual renewable fuel percentages are calculated. Specifically, the EPA is projecting the volume of gasoline and diesel that will be exempt in 2020 due to small refinery exemptions (SREs) based...

On October 15, 2019, EPA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021. The supplemental notice proposes adjustments to the way annual renewable fuel percentages are calculated. Specifically, the EPA is projecting the volume of gasoline and diesel that will be exempt in 2020 due to small refinery exemptions (SREs) based on a three-year average of the number of the exemptions recommended by the Department of Energy (DOE). The agency proposes to use this...

A series of regional meetings in 2019 are giving Kansans the opportunity to help shape the future of transportation in Kansas. These Local Consult meetings will inform the state's next Long Range Transportation Plan, the planning document that will guide investments from 2020 to 2045. That document will shape the state's next transportation program, known as FORWARD. The first round of Local Consult meetings took place in eight communities around the state. These meetings gave Kansans the opportunity to discuss new and existing transportation projects to move people, freight and technology. Participants...

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