Opportunities for the 2024 Session
Jessica Herrera Russell | January 8, 2024
Another start to the Kansas legislative session brings us more opportunities to advocate for Kansas kids and families. Our staff are in the Statehouse full-time during the session, work with partners on shared goals, and bring everyday Kansans the news about what policies lawmakers are working on.
Our 2024 legislative agenda showcases choices lawmakers can make to ensure kids and their families have access to health care, food for every meal, quality child care, and can achieve financial success. If you’d like to follow along with us this session, sign up for our newsletter here.
Our Priorities for This Session
KAC’s goals this session are ambitious, and we can’t do it alone. We encourage you to learn more and be ready to engage your lawmakers when the time comes!
Here are some of the major policies we’re planning to advocate for (or against) in the coming legislative session.
- Unifying programs and services that support early childhood
- Investing more SGF (State General Fund) money in the child care system
- Monitoring for policies that change health and safety standards in the Kansas child care system
- Supporting the removal of the modified ban on individuals with drug-related felony convictions from SNAP
- Engaging in legislation and discussions related to affordable, accessible housing
- Including budget allocations that improve summer food assistance for kids and families
- Advocating for changes to the state minimum wage or policies that remove preemption from local governments to change their minimum wages
- Supporting Medicaid Expansion
- Amending statutory language regarding CHIP eligibility and the poverty level, either through a budget proviso or permanent legislation
- Defending against bills negatively changing immunization and public health policies
- Implementing a State Child Tax Credit
- Restoring the Homestead Property Tax Credit expansion to renters
- Analyzing income tax changes that affect Kansas families
Other Areas Affecting Children and Families
- Removing punitive criminal justice fees and fines for juveniles
- Enacting the SOUL Family permanency option for foster care youth