Final Update for 2017 Legislative Session

Overall, Kansas REALTORS® fared well during the 2017 legislative session. The Mortgage Interest Deduction and Property Tax Deduction are on a path to 100% restoration by 2020. We joined with homebuilders to maintain a tax exemption on … [Read more...]

KAR Supported Provision Restores Mortgage Interest and Property Tax Deductions to 100%

Last week the State Legislature overrode Governor Brownback’s veto to pass a new tax bill (SB 30). Within the tax package, KAR obtained provisions that would phase-in restoration of the MID and PTD, a significant win for Kansas REALTORS® and property … [Read more...]

From A Member Perspective: NAR Legislative Meetings

“Listening to the likes of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Director of FEMA's Flood Insurance program, Roy Wright, several top economists and numerous experts from NAR on different topics, I had no idea how much I didn't know about what's going on in the … [Read more...]

Capitol Report – Latest Update on KAR Issues From the 2017 “Regular Session”

Three major issues – the Kansas state budget, school finance, and tax policy, are still unresolved. Lawmakers will return on May 1 to meet on these major issues during the “Veto Session.” Here’s how KAR continues to protect Kansas REALTORS® and … [Read more...]

An Estimated 850,000 Homebuyers Affected by Suspension of FHA Mortgage Rate Reduction. Here’s What You Need to Know:

A summary from a letter from the National Association of REALTORS®; click here to read the full letter from NAR to Dr. Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Designate. Background Trump administration has suspended the Federal … [Read more...]

Election Update – November 9, 2016

Of the 2016 state and federal races in which KS RPAC participated, we were successful in supporting the winner 89% of the time. In Kansas there was one US Senate race (Moran) and four US House races (Marshall, Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo).  All five … [Read more...]

Capitol Report – Legislative Update June 22, 2016

What’s the Real Problem With Kansas School Funding Formula? The Kansas Supreme Court says the State’s formula for distributing budget assistance to K-12 schools is unconstitutional. Kansas lawmakers have until June 30th to comply with the … [Read more...]

What is a Successful Veto Override? Read On…You Benefit!

by Patrick Vogelsberg, KAR Vice President of Governmental Affairs The official end of the legislative session in Kansas is known as “Sine Die.” Traditionally, Sine Die is largely ceremonial and sparsely attended by both legislators and lobbyist. … [Read more...]

Capitol Report – Legislative Update May 9, 2016

Kansas REALTOR® Advocacy: Final Review of the 2016 Legislative Session The Kansas Legislature wrapped up the 2016 Legislative Session around 3:30 AM on Monday, May 2nd. At just 74 days, this session was the shortest Kansas legislative session in … [Read more...]

Capitol Report – Legislative Update April 7, 2016

  The regular portion of the 2016 Legislative Session is complete. The Kansas Legislature will now take a few weeks off before returning for the wrap-up session in late April. All legislative action should be completed by … [Read more...]

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