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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

 

Announcement for Annual State Hill Day

EANGKS and NGAKS will be hosting their annual State Hill Day on February 19, 2018 at the Kansas State Capitol.  This year there is a large growing momentum behind fully funding State Tuition Assistance (STA) for both Air and Army Kansas National Guard service members.  While state law calls for a 100% of funding for tuition and fees for qualified KSNG services members, historical increases to tuition and institutional fees has decreased the full funding to approximately only 51% for participants.  This year there are actions to add STA into the state budget at the fully funded rate. 

We need your help on February 19 to encourage our elected official to support this effort.  The recruitment, retention and quality of life of our Guard members will significantly enhanced if this is achieved.      

Come join us for this momentous opportunity–make a difference for our current and future Kansas National Guard members! 

Please register at https://eangks.org/eangksngaks-state-legislative-hill-day/

A confirmed agenda for the day will be available closer to Hill Day.  Until then, please contact your NGAKS Legislative Chairperson, Jody Cope, at jodymccready@hotmail.com or myself at sfpeyton@gmail.com .

 Thank you for your time

 Steve Peyton

 

2018 Museum Membership Campaign

The Museum of the Kansas National Guard’s mission is to preserve and present the militia heritage of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard. Without paid staff, Museum volunteers have tried to do this at minimal cost.

Donations, memberships, and brick sales is needed to meet operational costs and to save for future expenses.

The museum board is asking you to:

  • Become a 2018 Annual Member or a 2018 Major Donor ($100 & up).
  • Become a Perpetual Sustaining Member — $1200 up front or $120 a year for 10 years. You receive a brass plate in the Museum Lobby and annual listings in Museum Newsletters.
  • Purchase an engraved brick for the Museum or for the 35th Division Wall — or a memorial brick for a friend or family member. Interior bricks are $200 and patio bricks are $50.00.
  • Make a donation for operational expenses.
  • Designate the Museum as a beneficiary for memorials, wills, trusts, or IRA distributions.

All who pay Annual Member dues, make Major Donor donations of $100 or more for 2018, buy bricks, or who make Perpetual Sustaining Member payments will receive a 2018 Museum Coin, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 mobilizations for the Vietnam War.

Donate Here

Dine at Jason’s Deli and Support the Museum

The Museum of the Kansas National Guard invites you to dine with us and raise funds to help preserve the history of the Kansas National Guard

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Between 1700 & 2100 hours

Jason’s Deli
6121 SW 12th Street
Topeka, Kansas

Flyers must be presented by guests in electronic or paper format when ordering to participate 25% of every dollar spent by guests presenting this flyer will be donated to the KSNG Museum

Download Flyer

 

EANGKS Members asked to help

EANGUS President John Harris urges all EANGKS members to assist the Enlisted Association of Texas members that are victims in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey by donating to EANGUS “We Care for America”.  He asked that all Enlisted Association members to donate to the “We Care for America” foundation and share the link to ask their family and friends to donate also.  President Harris noted that 2000 Enlisted Association members have been called to duty to assist other Texans while their own homes have been damaged and their families are in peril.  This fund is available to assist them in their own recovery.

Click here to donate

Click here to learn more about “We Care for America” foundation

EANGKS Member Recognized at National Conference

During Monday’s Business Session former POW COL (Ret) Ed Hubbard gave a talk about his experiences as a POW during the Vietnam war and leadership.  At the end of his speak he recognized four of the youngest attendees at the Conference for having the greatest potential.  Kansas’s own AIC Lindsay Rausch, 190th Operations Group, was recognized and received a signed copy of COL (Ret) Hubbard’s book.  Congratulations Lindsay !!

Kansas Delegation Arrives at National Conference

The EANGKS Delegation arrived at the EANGUS National Conference Sunday.  Lead by EANGKS Officers President Max Miller, Vice President Army Chris Hargis and Secretary Alyssa Parks the delegation includes 14 EANGKS Members, 4 Professional Development attendees, 5 Auxiliary Members and 2 spouses.  After Area Caucus and Committee meetings in the Morning, the first business session was held in the afternoon and the evening concluded with a welcome night function and the National Bowling Stadium.

EANGKS Announces 2017 Scholarship

Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kansas is pleased to help our members and their families reach their education and career goals. The EANGKS Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for the 2017 Spring Scholarship

To apply for the scholarship you must: Be a current EANGKS Member, be a child or step-child of an EANGKS Member, or a grandchild or step-grandchild of an EANGKS Member.

Complete the application and mail to EANGKS not later than 21 April or email to scholarship@eangks.org not later than 24 April 2017.

For more information and to download the Scholarship application go to:

https://eangks.org/benefits/scholarships/

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