The best way to take action often comes down to a simple phone call. Your legislators work for you, and calling or emailing them can have a powerful impact on the shape of our laws in Kansas. Find your legislators at KSlegLookup.
See our "In the Legislature" page to learn more about our work this session, and check this page regularly for updates on how you can help our efforts.
HCR 5004: ATTACKING REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
HCR 5004 has a hearing Wednesday, March 21, and would outlaw abortion in all instances, including rape, incest, or to protect the life and health of the mother. It would ban many forms of birth control, including IUDs and emergency contraception. This bill would change the Kansas Constitution to say an egg is entitled to all the civil rights and human rights of personhood immediately upon fertilization. Its 21 co-sponsors are all men.
This bill is an extreme attack on women’s reproductive freedoms. Call your legislators - we must oppose it loudly and fiercely.
HB2191: TRANSFER OF ELECTRONICALLY STORED INFORMATION UNDER WARRANT
HB2191 would expand a warrant to allow the transfer of virtually any electronically stored information to “anywhere” within or outside Kansas. This poses serious potential privacy violations and opens confidential information to illegal seizure.
HB2191 also passed the House and had a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, March 14. Call your state Senator today and tell them to oppose it.
SB130: NOTIFY VOTERS TO CORRECT MISMATCHED SIGNATURES
Currently in Kansas, mail-in ballots are rejected when signatures don’t seem to match. Those votes are left uncounted, often without the voter’s knowledge.
But some good news: SB130 would require clerks to contact the person who sent in the advance mail ballot and actually give them a chance to correct the mismatch. Thousands of eligible votes could rightfully count.
More good news: earlier this session, SB130 passed out of committee and out of the Senate. It had a hearing in the House Elections Committee on Thursday, March 14, at 3:30 p.m.
The rest of the story is partly up to you: call your House representative and ask them to support SB130.
HB2130: PROTECT LGBTQ KANSANS
Call your state House representative and urge them to support HB2130, which amends the Kansas act against discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
*UPDATE* HB2130 has stalled in committee and needs a hearing. Rally with us on Wednesday, March 20, with Equality Kansas to call on the Kansas legislature to protect all Kansans.
HB2350: SENTENCING REFORM
Rep. Russ Jennings, Chairperson of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, 785-296-7447: Ask for a hearing on HB2350, a sentencing reform bill that makes all possession, cultivation, and sales of marijuana a misdemeanor and ensures marijuana possession cannot be used to increase the severity of other possession crimes.
HB2193: CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM
Rep. Fred Patton, Chairperson of the House Judiciary Committee, 785-296-7460: Ask for a hearing on HB2193, which reforms civil asset forfeiture policies in Kansas so that once someone is acquitted of a crime, law enforcement must return their property immediately.
HB 2003: ACCESS TO IDENTIFICATION
Urge your representative to support HB2003, which creates the limited driver's license and identification card for certain individuals, such as undocumented immigrants.
HB 2009: CHANGING COLUMBUS DAY TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY
Call your state House representative and urge them to support HB2009, which changes the designation of Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.