This page contains information about bills related to funeral service and professional licensure.
The 2015 Kansas Legislature convened on Monday, January 12, 2015.
Governor Sam Brownback's 2015 State of the State Address
was presented at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
This is year one of the 2015-2016 Kansas Legislative Session. Bills from the 2015 Legislative Session can be worked in 2016. All hearings held in the State Capitol unless otherwise noted.
During last year's Legislative Session (2014), Senate Substitute for House Bill 2616
passed requiring the Secretary of Labor to make recommendations of whether the State of Kansas should enter into an agreement with the federal government to enact a State OSHA program. Lana Gordon, the Kansas Secretary of Labor, addressed the Senate Commerce Committee at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 and recommended that no State OSHA Plan be implemented. There is no money in the Governor's Budget Recommendations that would allow such a plan to be implemented. House Bill 2299
A bill that directs the Secretary of Labor to submit a statewide plan for state enforcement of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act Standards. By the House Committee on Appropriations. A hearing was held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. No additional action to report at this time.
2015 Legislative Deadlines
Turnaround Day was Friday, February 27, 2015. This is the last day to consider bills in the house of origin, except by House & Senate Federal and State Affairs, Senate Ways and Means, Senate Assessment and Taxation, House committees on Calendar and Printing, Appropriations, Taxation or select committees of either house when so authorized. Wednesday, March 25, 2015
was the last day to consider bills not in house of origin, except by committees previously mentioned. Friday, April 3, 2015 is called Drop Dead Day
. No bills considered after this date except for bills vetoed by the Governor, Omnibus Appropriations Act and Omnibus Reconciliations spending limit bills.
Senate Bill 81
Amends certain exemptions to the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA.) The bill passed the Senate, 40-0. Passed the House as amended, 119-0. Following the Conference Committee (Senators King, Smith & Haley) (Representatives Kinzer, Bruchman & Pauls), the bill passed Senate and the House and on April 11, 2013 was approved by Governor Sam Brownback and became law upon publication in the Statute Book on July 1, 2013. Senate Bill 258
(formerly House Bill 2613) Uniform Vital Statistics Act; issuance of certificates of birth resulting in stillbirth. Passed the House, 121-4 and the Senate 39-0. Approved by Governor Brownback on 5/15/2014. Effective 7/1/2014. Senate Bill 263
Establishes the Military Funeral Honors Fund. Passed the Senate, 40-0, on Thursday, 2/13/2014. The House amended the bill and on 3/25/2014 it passed the House as amended, 123-0. The Senate nonconcurred, so the bill went to a Conference Committee for further review. Following Conference Committee review, the Conference Committee Report was adopted by the House, 124-0, and the Senate, 40-0. Approved by Governor Brownback on 5/15/2014. Effective 7/1/2014. House Bill 2078
Authorizes certain licensing boards to accept education, training or experience of military service members towards obtaining licensure. Combined in Conference Committee
with the contents of what used to be HB 2077. On April 16, 2013 the bill was approved by Governor Sam Brownback and became law upon publication in the Statute Book, July 1, 2013. House Bill 2172
Cemeteries; cemetery corporations and cemetery merchandise. The Senate adopted the Conference Committee Report on 5/2/2014, 124-0, and the House also adopted the Conference Committee Report on 5/2/2014, 120-4. Approved by Governor Brownback on 5/13/2014. Effective 7/1/2014. House Bill 2181
Will allow licensing bodies to accept certain online distance education courses towards licensure for military member applicants. The bill passed the House, 122-0 and passed the Senate, 40-0 and on April 4, 2013 was approved by Governor Sam Brownback and became law upon publication in the Statute Book, 7/1/2013. House Bill 2339
(which now contains several bills, including Senate Bill 26
) Lines of insurance; reporting requirements. Changes the continuing education requirements for licensed insurance agents selling only preened funeral insurance. A hearing was held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 with the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance. KFDA Executive Director Pam Scott was one of three people who testified in favor of the bill. Nobody testified against the bill. After being merged in Conference Committee, the Conference Committee Report was adopted by the Senate, 40-0, and the House, 116-4 and on April 17, 2013 was approved by Governor Brownback and became law upon publication in the Statute Book, July 1, 2013. Senate Substitute for House Bill 2616
Would require the Secretary of Labor to make recommendations of whether the State of Kansas should enter into an agreement with the federal government to enact a State OSHA program. Conference Committee formed with Senators Lynn, Wagle and Holland; Representatives Kleeb, Suellentrop and Frownfelter. The House concurred with the Conference Committee Report on 5/2/2014, 94-30. Approved by Governor Brownback on 5/12/2014. Effective 7/1/2014.