Kansas AFP – House vote on the Health Care Freedom Amendment, upcoming meetings, and more

The Kansas House has passed the Health Care Freedom Amendment (HCR 5007) on a vote of 91 to 27. Click here to see the final vote. Thank you to those of you who contacted your representative through our action alert last week – we appreciate your effort to show support of this measure. HCR 5007 preserves the freedom of Kansans to make health care insurance decisions without being subjected to government mandates. And contrary to what some opponents are saying, the Health Care Freedom Amendment would not deny any Kansan from participating in a given plan. Rather, it secures the fundamental right of Kansans to make their own health decision.

Coming up next week, the House Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing on House Concurrent Resolution 5006, regarding separation of powers, at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Room 346-S (Old Supreme Court Room) of the Statehouse. The proposed Constitutional Amendment would amend Section 24 of Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution to read as follows:

Appropriations: No money shall be drawn from the treasury except in pursuance of a specific appropriation made by law. The executive and judicial branches shall have no authority to direct the legislative branch to make any appropriation of money or to redirect or limit in any fashion an appropriation already made by law except as the legislative branch may provide by law or as may be required by the Constitution of the United States.

If passed the proposed amendment would go before the people of Kansas for approval. At its heart, this is a separation of powers issue designed to prevent one branch of government overstepping its authority.

We encourage you to attend the hearing at 3:30 p.m. Monday in 346-S, or even to submit testimony.

2011 Legislative Agenda

You can find the AFP-Kansas 2011 Legislative agenda online now. As in years past, we are proposing the establishment of a rainy day fund, a super-majority requirement for raising taxes, and spending constraints designed to limit the growth of spending. We support repealing the statewide sales tax increase that went into effect on July 1, and we will fight any and all attempts to increase taxes in order to balance the budget. Read more

Wichita Area Chapter Meeting

The Wichita Area Chapter of AFP-Kansas will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at the Alford Branch of the Wichita Public Library (3447 S. Meridian). We will be watching the new Fox News documentary Politicians’ Top 10 Promises Gone Wrong with John Stossel. Following the 40-minute program, we’ll have a group discussion.
For more information about this meeting, contact Wichita-area AFP Volunteer Coordinator John Todd, 316-312-7335; or AFP Field Director Susan Estes, 316-681-4415.

Linn County Grassroots Training

Save the date! The Linn County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity-Kansas is hosting a grassroots training session in Mound City on Saturday, March 19. We will review the AFP Grassroots Handbook. Please join us at 1 p.m., March 19 at the Bunker Hill Community Building (6th and Main, Mound City) to learn more about grassroots activism and get your own copy of our activist manual. For more information, contact AFP-Kansas Field Director Jim Mullins or Linn County Chapter Leader Mary Wilson.

AFP National Update: Americans Federation of Government Employees demands more

On Feb. 8, members of the American Federation of Government Employees picketed outside the Capitol demanding more taxpayer dollars for their already bloated salary and benefits. We caught up with AFGE President John Gage who told us those who say we should cut federal spending are “mentally retarded.” (See video here.) Tell Mr. Gage you believe controlling spending is actually very sane at http://RemoveGage.com.

Kansas Tea Parties Joint Meeting

Several Kansas Tea Party groups will be taking part in a joint meeting in Hutchinson next month. The Patriot Freedom Alliance of Hutchinson is sponsoring the meeting at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Hutchinson Ramada Hotel (1400 Lorraine). The meeting organizers invite you to come meet other tea partiers from across the state as well as conservative Kansas representatives. For more information, contact rhondaelliott@cox.net or jinny.walz@sbcglobal.net.

State Spending Information Online

Kansas Policy Institute continues to search through government records to put more and more state spending information out in the open. Log on to KansasOpenGov.org to find the latest information posted on the state payroll.

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