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Dear Friend,

It has been a busy week as I attempt to complete projects before winding down this stay-at-home period. I am looking forward to seeing family and friends, from a safe distance, of course, but it will be better than on a computer screen!
Dennis Ruhnke of Troy made every Kansan proud when he selflessly sent his remaining N95 mask to someone on the front lines who needed it in New York. He was made famous when Governor Cuomo, tearing up on national TV, read the letter which accompanied the mask.

This wasn't the first time Dennis gave of himself to serve others. He dropped out of K-State to return to the family farm following the death of his father. He was two credits shy of his degree.

This week, I was honored to be there when K-State presented him with an honorary degree, not only to recognize his generosity to others, but also his commitment to his family. 
I hope that when people look to Kansas, they see more people like Dennis Ruhnke.

Representative John Eplee

Kansas State Legislature
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Contact Doc Eplee
At the Capitol:
300 SW 10th St., 512-N
Topeka, KS 66612

At home in Atchison:
163 Deer Run
Atchison, KS 66002
Sine Die (Latin: without another day)

The Legislative Coordinating Council met last week and decided the legislature would return to Topeka for the traditional one-day Sine Die session on May 21st, signaling the official end of the session. Typically, there is no business conducted on this day, and it is more of a formality. However, the Senate President has called back Senate Committees for hearings, so we might have votes. Figuring out how to vote safely is going to be interesting!
At the sound of the gavel adjourning the 2020 legislative session Sine Die, legislators are allowed to begin fundraising, even though the campaigns are well underway and the filing deadline is June 1. Candidates and incumbents are allowed to fundraise from individual donors throughout the year, but are not allowed to solicit donations from companies or lobbyists until this date.
Death & Stimulus

What if your family member died since reporting their 2019 taxes, qualified for, and received the federal stimulus check? Don’t get too excited – you’ll have to send it back!
Here is the policy, I have added emphasis where I thought it was necessary:
A Payment made to someone who died before receipt of the Payment should be returned to the IRS by following the instructions about repayments (see below). Return the entire Payment unless the Payment was made to joint filers and one spouse had not died before receipt of the Payment, in which case, you only need to return the portion of the Payment made on account of the decedent. This amount will be $1,200 unless adjusted gross income exceeded $150,000. 
Payments should be returned as follows:

If the payment was a paper check:
  1. Write "Void" in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
  2. Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
  3. Don't staple, bend, or paper clip the check.
  4. Include a note stating the reason for returning the check. 
If the payment was a paper check and you have cashed it, or if the payment was a direct deposit:
  1. Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
  2. Write on the check/money order made payable to “U.S. Treasury” and write 2020EIP, and the taxpayer identification number (social security number, or individual taxpayer identification number) of the recipient of the check.
  3. Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the EIP.
Mail to: 
Atlanta Refund Inquiry Unit
4800 Buford Hwy
Mail Stop 112
Chamblee, GA 30341
COVID-19 in Kansas

Finney, Ford, and Seward Counties (combined population ~90,000) host 39% of the state’s cases (~2900), more than Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, combined (~1700).
Wear a face mask and maintain social distance when out in public to stay healthy, 

Representative John Eplee, MD
Kansas House District 63
Serving Atchison and Doniphan counties
Paid for by Kansans for Eplee, Patsy A. Porter, CPA, Treasurer
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