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Legislative Update Week Nine

Tax Deduction for the Sale of Livestock 

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the House debated a taxation bill that would create a tax deduction for the net gain from the sale of certain livestock and would also reinstate two tax credits for expenditures spent on a dwelling or facility in order to make them accessible for persons with disabilities.

The bill that passed the House would create an income tax deduction from federal adjusted gross income in determining Kansas adjusted gross income for the net gain of the sale of any cattle or horses.  However, these livestock are to be utilized for draft, breeding, dairy or sporting purposes and must have been held by the taxpayer for twenty-four or more months from the date that the livestock was acquired.  This bill will also create the same deduction for livestock, for the same purposes, for twelve months or more from the date acquired.  However, this deduction would be limited to the amount of losses reported on certain lines and schedules on the federal tax form.

The bill also reinstates, with retroactivity to tax year 2013, an individual income tax credit repealed in 2012.  This tax credit, under certain circumstances, will reimburse a portion of costs incurred when modifying a principal residence to make it more accessible to individuals with disabilities.

This bill passed the House in Final Action on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 123-0.

Financial Literacy in Kansas Schools

 The Kansas House this week voted on House Bill 2475, which would require all accredited high schools in Kansas to provide a course on Financial Literacy for junior and senior classes.  For these grades, the financial literacy course of instruction would include the following financial matters:  saving and investing; credit and debt; financial responsibility and money management; and insurance, risk management, and income.  In addition, the State Board of Education would be required to develop curriculum standards for personal financial literacy in grades K-10 within the existing mathematics curriculum or another appropriate subject matter.  This bill now goes to the Senate after passing the House, 110-12.

 

To Concur or Non-Concur

Numerous bills from the Senate are currently waiting for a concur or non-concur vote from the House.  If the chamber would concur with the Senate version of a bill, that would be agreeing to the bill language with no changes or amendments.  Some of the bills waiting for the House to either concur or non-concur are:

S Sub HB 2387 would establish that a life sentence with a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for fifty years, the Hard 50 law.  This is to be the default sentence when a defendant is convicted of premeditated first degree murder committed on or after July 1, 2014.  The bill would also impose a Hard 25 sentence for a conviction of first degree murder when classified as the killing of a human being committed in the commission of, attempt to commit or the flight from any inherently dangerous felony;

House Bill 2047 would prohibit most municipalities, absent a majority vote and publication of such vote in official county newspaper, from approving annual budgets or other appropriations funded by certain increases in property taxes over the prior year that are in excess of the rate of inflation;

S Sub HB 2197 would amend the board selection of members to the Kansas State High School Activities Association board of directors and executive board.  The bill, while preserving the sixty member board, will change four of the State Board of Education appointments to that of the Governor.  The bill also stipulates that a director should serve at least one year as a member of the board of directors before being elected to the executive board.  Also, at least two members of the executive board must be elected from among the four gubernatorial appointees to the board of directors. 

Kansas No-Call Act & Contact Information 

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, the House debated a bill regarding the existing statute of the Kansas No-Call Act that would now permit mobile telephone numbers to be added to the no-call list.  Another provision of the bill would be that the Kansas No-Call List would be updated every thirty days and not as in current law, which states every quarter.  Also, individuals with an established business relationship with the solicitor would be able to request that the solicitor refrain from calling.  The solicitor would be required to honor that request for the period of five years.

 If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my office at (785) 296-7672, visit my website at www.troywaymaster.com  or email me at troy.waymaster@house.ks.gov.  It is an honor to serve the 109th Kansas House District and the state of Kansas. Once again, do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts, concerns and questions.  I appreciate the perspectives from the residents of the 109th House District and others from the state of Kansas.


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