The rolling blackouts and the bitterly cold weather has made energy a hot topic among legislators. Kansas is a member of the Southwest Power Pool, which covers much of the midwest from North Dakota to Texas. As the weather got cold last week and the demand on the energy grid increased, utilities tired to manage the load via rolling blackouts for parts of the pool.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need to be prepared for the unexpected and we need to ensure our state’s infrastructure is ready to evolve with the changes in the energy industry. The Legislature has proposed the State Energy Plan Task Force. HB 2381 creates the task force and tasks them with developing a comprehensive state energy plan. I look forward to having this debate and helping prepare Kansas for the future.
Liquor Licenses in Kansas
For several years, I have been working to pass legislation that would allow a manufacturer/distiller of alcohol to hold a liquor license in Kansas. HB 2057 accomplishes that by allowing a manufacturer to hold one license, where the point of sale is within two miles of production. The bill will allow local business owners an opportunity to expand their operations and further contribute to the local economy.
This week, HB 2057 passed unanimously out of the House Commerce Labor and Economic Development Committee. It now goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
Joint Committee on Child Welfare System Oversight
Several years ago, the legislature established a Child Welfare Task Force to review the disturbing news coming out of our state’s foster care system. The task force identified many gaps in our foster care system including coordination of mental health, education, interaction with juvenile justice and aging out of the system, all of which need further research. One of the key recommendations from the task force was the need for legislative oversight to help get things on track. I voted Yea on HB 2115.
Truth in Taxation