Legislative Update Articles

Learn how politics and the latest regulatory issues impact you and Kansas’s homeowners. This news feed contains updates as they happen to keep you up to date with legislative, legal and other legislative news across Kansas.

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 background even though I’ve been in the business for 35 years. It was ...[Read More..]

Capitol Report – Latest update on KAR issues from the 2017 “Regular session” (Update April 25, 2017)

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 advance property rights during the 2017 Legislative Session: 1.  Tax Increases WHAT’S HAPPENING: • Majorities in both the House ...[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 Housing Administration’s (FHA) 25 basis point reduction of the FHA Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium rates for mortgages with a closing/disbursement ...[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 incumbents won. On the state level we saw Democrat gains, though not to the ...[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 order. Unless the Legislature fixes the budgeting issue, the State may not be able to distribute roughly $4 billion in state ...[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. That was not the case for Sine Die-2016 as the Kansas Legislature set themselves to discuss a veto override. In the ...[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 over 42 years. This was again a very difficult session as the Kansas Legislature was forced to ...[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 mid-May. Here’s how KAR is promoting and protecting Kansas REALTORS® through political action and advocacy during the 2016 Legislative Session: 1. ...[Read More..]

Capitol Report – Legislative Update January 22, 2016

The 2016 Legislative Session is off and running. Even though it will take several weeks before major action begins, KAR is making progress on our priority Kansas REALTOR® legislative issues. Please continue reading for an update on how KAR is promoting and protecting Kansas REALTORS® through political action and advocacy during the 2016 Legislative Session. 1. ...[Read More..]

2016 Kansas REALTORS® Legislative Agenda

Better business begins at the Capitol. Understand the top issues affecting real estate in Kansas today and how the Kansas state legislature can better protect property ownership and your business interests. Read the key points below and know how legislative action in 2016 on these issues could affect your business. REALTORS® are dedicated to working with elected ...[Read More..]

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