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The ACLU of Kansas is never busier than when the Legislature is in session. Either independently or with our partners in various and diverse coalitions, we work to protect civil liberties for all Kansans by either placing, supporting, altering, or defeating legislation that would threaten those civil liberties.

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Legislative Update 2022

At the start of the 2022 Kansas Legislative Session, state legislative leaders promised to pursue some of the nation’s most extreme anti-democracy measures.

That was one promise they kept.

July 14, 2022

[Oppose] HB 2717 Sanctuary City Ban

The ACLU of Kansas stands vehemently opposed to HB 2717. This bill was introduced with the specific purpose of undermining the implementation of a recent local government ordinance, the Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte Act.

March 24, 2022

[Oppose] Opposition Testimony for SB 445 – Banning Drop Boxes

The ACLU of Kansas opposes the passage of SB 445. This bill is one of many election-related bills introduced this session that limits Kansans’ access to voting for no discernable reason. Ballot drop boxes are a safe, accessible way for citizens to cast their vote. They provide…

February 17, 2022 Voting Rights

[Support] Proponent Testimony for HB 2697

People with serious mental illness who are charged with crimes and who are unable to assist in their own defense may be ordered by the criminal court to undergo a competency evaluation, and, depending on the results of that evaluation, be ordered to receive…

February 17, 2022 Smart Justice Reform