Legislative Update from Brenda Dietrich

Wrap up of Week 7
in the Kansas Legislature

Virtual Meetings this week:

Most meetings are either Web Ex or in Zoom format this session. 
  • Wed, Feb. 24th - Kansas Early Learning Advocates
  • Friday, Feb 26th - Commissioner’s Task Force on distributing ESSR II and  EANS funds  (Federal funds) 

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My Committee Work

This was the last week that Committees met and we had hearings on bills and passed many out of Committee.

This Week at the Statehouse

March 1-March 5

The Senate will be on the floor “all day”.  We will gavel in at 10:00 a.m. each day and debate bills on General Orders.  This is the list of bills “above the line” on General Orders for Monday, March 1, 2021.

PH&W = Public Health and Welfare
FI &I =  Financial Institutions and Insurance

Bill No. Committee/Description
SB 120  PH&W - Establishing the joint committee on child welfare System oversight
SB 83  PH&W - Allowing certain exceptions to the confidentiality of state child death review board documents
SB 86  FI&I - Conforming certain KPERS provisions with the federal CARES act
SB 172  Utilities - Creating the crimes of trespassing on a critical infrastructure facility
SB 106  Judiciary - Enacting the revised uniform law on notarial acts
HB 2022  Ways & Means - Updating the state corporation commission's authority to regulate and determine responsibility for abandoned gas and oil wells and abolishing the well plugging assurance fund
SB 159  Ways & Means - Paying certain claims against the state submitted by the joint committee
SB 62  Education - Amending the standards for school-administered vision screenings
SB 51  Education - Requiring the state department of education and the Department for Children and Families to publish an academic report card for children in foster care
SB 126  Commerce - Authorizing the sale of alcoholic liquor by class A clubs at special events
SB 261  Agriculture - Establishing the asbestos remediation fund for fees and penalties collected
SB 143 Agriculture - Updating definitions and increasing maximum functional unit license and storage fees related to grain and public warehouse laws
SB 142  Agriculture -  Requiring coast guard-approved personal flotation devices as prescribed by the Secretary of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism in rules and regs
Sub SB 273  Judiciary - Amending the Kansas Emergency Management Act 
SB 175 PH&W - Enacting the rural emergency hospital act to provide for the licensure of rural Emergency Hospitals

Final Action Items

  • Col. Michael Venerdi, Kansas National Guard, to Brigadier General. 38-0
  • Dawn Buehler to Kansas Water Authority.  38-0

Consent Calendar:
SB 204 – Prohibiting a court from requiring psychiatric or psychological examinations of an alleged victim of a crime. 38-0
SB 99 – Increasing the bond amount required for a vehicle dealer license. 37-1
SB 95 – Exempting motor vehicle odometer reading recording requirements when such requirements are exempted by federal law. 38-0

Tribute Presentation

It was my honor to present a framed Senate Tribute to Washburn Rural High School Volleyball Coach, Kevin Bordewick on Friday evening.  Coach Bordewick was selected by the National Federation of High School Associations as the National Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year!  Coach Bordewick is to be commended for his dedicated service to the student athletes of Washburn Rural High School and the State of Kansas.

COVID Vaccination Information


There are now 3 authorized and approved vaccines to prevent COVID-19, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are a 2-dose series, with the second vaccine needed 21 to 28 days, respectively, after administration of the first dose. The Pfizer vaccine is not for children younger than 16 years of age and the Moderna vaccine is not for children under 18 years of age. Johnson & Johnson has been approved for their single dose vaccination and it is expected that Kansas will receive 25,000 doses of that vaccine next week.
Vaccines are coordinated at the county level by local health departments. Each county, through local health departments, will decide how their limited supply of the doses will be allocated to the various population groups. For questions, contact your local health departments to learn more about the vaccination process for Phase 2 populations and how they will prioritize within that group or anyone remaining in Phase 1 who has not received the vaccine.
For Shawnee County:

Individuals or organizations that fit the criteria and are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 2 are encouraged to complete the following survey:

In Shawnee County, we are in Phase 2A….see the chart below.
Phase 2a
Priority Population Group Estimated Population
Individuals in SNCO Aged 65+ 33,200
Law Enforcement/First Responders 900
K-12 Faculty Staff 4,600
Some Congregate Settings* 2,500
Remaining Phase 1** 700
* Phase 2a Congregate Settings Include: Homeless Shelters, Emergency Shelters, Adult Care Homes, and AL/IL not covered in Phase 1
**Remaining Phase 1: Health Care Associated Workers and additional populations added later by KDHE

For Wabaunsee County:

The website  contains useful information from the Health Department.

There is a relatively new web-site that is being updated regularly with COVID Vaccine information from KDHE that might be of interest, as well. It is located at

Kansas Dept. of Labor – issues with unemployment benefits

  • If you are having difficulty logging in to the system, it has been suggested that you use Safari, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.  Some users experience errors when using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
  • Multiple claimants cannot register with the same email address.  Make sure you are using an email unique to only you.
  • If you have received the verification email, do not click the button more than once and do not forward the email.  Either of these actions will deem that link void.  If you are still having trouble, call the Contact Center at 1-800-292-6333.
  • If you failed the identity verification, call the LexusNexus Help Center at 1-800-343-2778
If you are having issues with your claims not being processed and you have not been able to file on the web-site, please contact my office at 785-296-7648 and we will send your issue to the KDOL Legislative HelpDesk which has been set up for that purpose.  I will need your full name and address, phone # and last four of your SS#.

Follow Our Work in the Legislature

In this time of COVID and a lack of public access to our Chambers, if you are interested in actually seeing what we are doing, then I encourage you to find us “virtually.”

Here are links to help you:

Kansas Legislature YouTube – Here you can follow the legislature live as it happens, or access archives of past sessions and committee meetings.

Kansas Legislature Audio – Here you can listen in on session or committees when they are in session, or access prior committee meetings, as well.

Kansas Legislature website – - has extensive information on legislators, committees, bills, and past sessions.


Contact Me

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do for you.  I am honored to represent you in the Kansas Legislature.
Room 223-E
State Capitol Building
300 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-7648
Brenda S. Dietrich
6110 SW 38th Terrace
Topeka, KS   66610
Home phone:  785-861-7065

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