Jan 30, 2023

BILLINGER: Senate Update, Jan. 30, 2023

Posted Jan 30, 2023 3:02 PM
State Sen. Rick Billinger, R-Goodland, 40th Dist. File photo by Becky Kiser/Hays Post
State Sen. Rick Billinger, R-Goodland, 40th Dist. File photo by Becky Kiser/Hays Post

Senator Rick Billinger Newsletter
January 30, 2023

Last week, hundreds of Kansans came out on a cold day for the annual March and Rally for Life at the Statehouse. Senator Masterson addressed the crowd and further committed us to a culture of life, telling those gathered that, β€œIt will be a cold day in you-know-what before we stop fighting to protect women and children, including unborn children.” Republicans will continue to support a culture of life in Kansas and work to reduce abortions through support for crisis pregnancy centers and preserving protections currently in law that are supported by the vast majority of Kansans.

A bill of interest to our rural committees is SB13. This bill will allow local broadcast companies to broadcast sporting events for our rural schools. Currently KSHSAA (Kansas State High School Activities Association) has contracted with NFHS network to broadcast sporting events across the state of Kansas. The contract with NFHS prohibits local broadcasters from broadcasting regular and post season activities. The proposed SB13 would allow local broadcasters to broadcast regular season activities and post season activities. Rural broadcasters have been denied access to stream or broadcast sporting activities when a school has contracted with NFHS. When a school is contracted with NFHS our listeners are then required to pay a fee to listen to their favorite team play.

The Local Government Committee is working on a bill which would allow county commissioners to appoint members to a hospital board who would reside in adjoining counties. Many times, in rural communities finding people who are willing to serve on boards, including hospital boards is difficult to accomplish.

This week the Senate Ways and Means Committee will start with subcommittee hearings on the budget. The budget committee plans to focus this session on paying of debt, putting additional money into the rainy-day fund, looking at bonds that are payable and finding opportunities to use federal dollars to fund onetime expenses.

My office has several dates available for 6th graders through high school to serve as a page. Working as a page in the Kansas Legislature is an excellent way to learn more about the legislative process. If your child is interested in being a page for my office the following dates are available:

February 6, 13, 20 or March 6th. Please contact Donna at 785-296-7399 to reserve a date.

I am honored and grateful to represent the 40th Senate District in Kansas.

Please do not hesitate to contact me by email: [email protected] or call me with your questions or concerns, my office number is 785-296-7399 or my cell is 785-899-4700. If you are in Topeka, stop by my office at 545-S.

Rick Billingr, R-Goodland, is the 40th District senator which includes:

* Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, Trego and Wallace counties
* Phillips County: Cities: Logan, Long Island, Prairie View, Speed; Townships: Beaver, Belmont, Dayton, Granite, Logan,
Long Island, Mound, Plainview, Prairie View, Solomon (part) and Towanda