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EANGKS Legislative Call to Action **H.B. 2559 – Vehicle Tax Exemption for Drill Status Guardsmen

Burris in the House Veterans and Military Committee introduced a bill to amend K.S.A. 79-5107(e)(1)(C) to extend the motor vehicle tax exemption to every member, in good standing, of both the Kansas Army and Air National Guard and the Kansas unit of the reserve forces of the United States. Download House Bill 2559 here which was introduced. Chairman Osterman brought the committee to order and very quickly allowed for bill introductions. Rep Burris introduced and described the effect of the bill. There were no objections to the bill. Chairman Osterman accepted it for distribution to the House Clerk. The bill has gone through the House Clerk and is back to the Veterans and Military Committee for consideration and debate. Rep Burris’s guess is that the bill will be “worked” in committee the week after next.

What we need is our members to look up legislators via https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ and contact their representatives in supporting H.B. 2559 that is currently in the House Veterans and Military Committee. You may even ask them if they are willing to co-sponsor the bill. This is especially critical for those whose legislators are on either the House Veterans and Military Committee or the House Taxation Committee as that will be the committee it will go through after the veterans committee and could have a hang up.

Below are all the legislators in Manhattan/Topeka/Wichita area for both Committees:

House Veterans and Military Committee

Rep Les Osterman – Wichita

Rep Jesse Burris – Mulvane

Rep Leo Delperdang – Wichita

Rep Dianna Dierks – Salina

Rep Tom Phillips – Manhattan

Rep Lonnie Clark – Junction City

Rep Virgil Weigel – Topeka

Rep Jim Gartner – Topeka

House Taxation Committee

Rep Tom Sawyer – Wichita

Rep Tom Phillips – Manhattan

Rep Jim Gartner – Topeka

Rep John Alcala – Topeka

Rep Daniel Hawkins – Wichita

Rep KC Ohaebosim – Wichita

Rep Kristey Williams – Augusta

Rep Ken Corbet

It would be great if everyone looked up their state House Representative in support of H.B. 2559 especially if their representative is in the House Veterans and Military Committee. Two of special concern are to contact Rep Tom Phillips and Rep Jim Gartner if they are your legislator as they are on BOTH the House Veterans and Military Committee and the House Taxation Committee. If anyone has any questions have them feel free to contact me.

 

Steve Peyton

legislative@eangks.org

EANGKS

 

EANGKS Annual Conference

“One Team – Many Strengths”

Introduction to the 46th EANGKS Conference

Dear EANGKS Members,
…The 46th General Conference of the Enlisted National Guard Association of Kansas (EANGKS) will convene in Lawrence, Kansas on 23 March, and will run through 25 March, 2018.  The host unit this year is the 69th Troop Command.

Lawrence should be a great location and offers quite a bit of entertainment opportunities.

Activities are being scheduled to include spouse and youth activities.

Click here for more information

Click here to Register for the Conference

CNGB Support of Professional Organizations

               Great news out of NGB, the long awaited memo supporting Professional Organizations has been published and pushed out for Distro.  Hopefully this document will be helpful to some, opening a door for you to talk with and address your Guardsmen about EANGKS and EANGUS or other similar organizaitons.  This opens up the door for a few things that several have been needing, such as some use of facilities, unit briefings, distribution of publications and flyers, attendance at conferences, and the distribution of information.  Most importantly, it supports the participation in several organizations, specifically naming the Enlisted Association of the National Guard.

CNGB_Spt_for_Mil_Assoc_Signed_Memo

 

EANGKS State Legislative Goals

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kansas is an organization comprised of Enlisted men and women of the Army and Air National Guard and their supporters who have banded together to pursue mutual goals in support of the National Guard and the national defense.

EANGKS proudly supports the following Kansas Legislative Priorities:

EANGKS State Legislative Priorities

·      Fix statutory language that excludes more than 90% of Guardsmen from tax breaks available to full-time members

    • KSA 79-5107 provides a two-vehicle tax registration break to AGRs only
    • EANGKS supports changing the language from “full-time AGR member” to “member in good standing”
    • “Member in good standing” is used throughout Kansas law to describe eligible Guard personnel

·     Create a fund separate from State General Fund for Kansas Lottery Veterans Benefit revenue

    • 40% of Kansas Lottery Veterans Benefit revenue goes to our state Tuition Assistance Program
    • However, the money goes through SGF first, making it subject to budget reductions and sweeps
    • Creating a separate fund would ensure ALL of the money goes to TA, as it is intended

·     Protect the TAG’s Budget from further cuts.

  • Allow Kansas National Guard members in state tuition fees at Kansas Regents Institutions–even if they live outside the state.
  • Continued support for Suicide Prevention efforts by Kansas National Guard leadership and in Kansas communities

·     Assign a special identifier for all military children in Kansas public school data systems

    • Every Student Succeeds Act collects data on how military-connected children perform in school
    • However, it does not include children with parents serving in the National Guard
    • Children of Guard members face unique circumstances that affect their education