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::''See also: [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions]]''
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In 2012, the Senate was scheduled to be in session from January 9 through May 14. However, due to infighting among Republicans, the session had to be extended. Major issues which
In 2012, the Senate was scheduled to be in session from January 9 through May 14. However, due to infighting among Republicans, the session had to be extended . Major issues which unresolved education funding, state employee pension reform, [[Redistricting in Kansas|redistricting]] and the budget. Gov. [[Sam Brownback]] (R) stated, “I think it’s reasonable for people to say they should have gotten things done in 90 days. My hope is that they wrap it up here pretty soon.”<ref>[http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/11/3607026/republican-infighting-forces-kansas.html ''Kansas City Star,'' "Republican infighting forces Kansas Legislature to extend session," May 12, 2012]</ref>
Alongside the budget, legislators
Alongside the budget, legislators reforming the school financing formula and expanding Medicaid's managed care system.<ref>[http://cjonline.com/news/2012-01-08/legislative-session-start-monday#.Tws1-flqmSp ''Topeka Capital Journal,'' "Legislative session to start Monday," January 8, 2012]</ref>
Revision as of 10:36, 21 May 2012
|Kansas State Senate|
|2015 session start:||January 9, 2012|
|Website:||Official Senate Page|
|Senate President:||Stephen Morris, (R)|
|Majority Leader:||Jay Emler, (R)|
|Minority leader:||Anthony Hensley, (D)|
| Democratic Party (8) |
Republican Party (32)
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Art 2, Kansas Constitution|
|Salary:||$88.66/day + $6,775/year expenses|
|Last Election:||November 4, 2008 (40 seats)|
|Next election:||November 6, 2012 (40 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Kansas Legislature has control|
- 1 Sessions
- 2 Elections
- 3 Partisan composition
- 4 Senators
- 5 Standing Senate Committees
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Kansas state senators earn $84.80 for service and $99 for expenses each day that they work. They receive an additional $6,775 to cover expenses incurred between sessions, and they receive reimbursement for mileage. Senators that attend legislative business authorized by the Legislative Coordinating Council between sessions receive compensation, subsistence and mileage (assuming 12 days of meetings). Certain members of the Senate receive additional compensation. The President of the Senate receives an additional $13,428 each year. The Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate each receive an additional $12,114. The Vice President of the Senate and the Assistant Majority and Minority Leaders each receive an additional $6,854. The chairpersons of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means each receive an additional $10,799. 
Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution establishes when the Kansas State Legislature, of which the Senate is a part, is to be in session. Section 8 of Article 2 states that the Legislature is to convene on the second Monday of January of each year. Section 8 also limits the length of regular sessions in even-numbered years to ninety calendar days, but it allows these sessions to be extended by a two-thirds affirmative vote of both houses. In 2010, this kind of extension occurred, moving the session's adjournment date from March 30th to May 28th.
- See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Senate was scheduled to be in session from January 9 through May 14. However, due to infighting among Republicans, the session had to be extended through the 20th. Major issues which remained unresolved included education funding, state employee pension reform, redistricting and the budget. Gov. Sam Brownback (R) stated, “I think it’s reasonable for people to say they should have gotten things done in 90 days. My hope is that they wrap it up here pretty soon.”
Alongside the budget, legislators considered reforming the school financing formula and expanding Medicaid's managed care system.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 10-June 1, 2011.
In the 2011 session, the legislature allowed "expensing," a way for businesses to receive larger tax deductions for start-up costs such as new equipment and software. 
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
In 2010, the Senate's regular session was scheduled to last from January 11th to March 30th. However, the session was extended, and it did not adjourn until May 28th.
- See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012
Elections for the office of Kansas State Senate will be held in Kansas on November 6, 2012. A total of 40 seats will be up for election. State senators serve four-year terms and all senate seats are up for reelection every four years. The signature filing deadline is June 1, 2012.
There were no elections held for the offices of Kansas State Senate in 2010.
Section 4 of Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution states, "During the time that any person is a candidate for nomination or election to the legislature and during the term of each legislator, such candidate or legislator shall be and remain a qualified elector who resides in his or her district."
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the Senate.
The political party committee that last held the vacant seat must call for a convention within 21 days of the vacancy. The convention is designed to select the Governor's appointee and involves all the committeemen and committeewomen that represent the vacant Senate district.
The committeemen and committeewomen present for voting must approve a replacement on a simple majority vote. Once the vote has been conducted, the party committee must send the paperwork certifying the selection to the Governor within 24 hours or the next business day. The Governor has seven days after receiving the paperwork to act on the appointment.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
|Party||As of February 2015|
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2011, members of the Kansas legislature are paid $88.50/day. Additionally, legislators receive $118/day per diem tied to the federal rate.
The $88.50/day that Kansas legislators are paid as of 2011 is an increase over the $88.40 they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem has increased from $99/day in 2007 to $118/day in 2011.
When sworn in
Kansas legislators assume office the second Monday of January after their election.
List of current members
Standing Senate Committees
The Kansas Senate has eighteen (18) standing committees:
- Assessment and Taxation
- Confirmation Oversight
- Ethics and Elections
- Federal and State Affairs
- Financial Institutions and Insurance
- Interstate Cooperation
- Local Government
- Natural Resources
- Organization, Calendar and Rules
- Public Health and Welfare
- Ways and Means
- Judgepedia: Kansas Senate says "no" to Court of Appeals selection reform, February 24, 2012
- Website of the Kansas senate
- List of Kansas state senators, 2009
- 2009 schedule of state senate committee meetings
- Map of Kansas senate districts
- Vote Smart's information on the Kansas senate
- Websiteforthe Kansas Secretary of State
- Population in 2010 of the American states
- Population in 2000 of the American states
- Kansas Secretary of State
- Kansas City Star, "Republican infighting forces Kansas Legislature to extend session," May 12, 2012
- Topeka Capital Journal, "Legislative session to start Monday," January 8, 2012
- Stateline.org, States balance budgets with cuts, not taxes, June 15, 2011
- Kansas Legislature "Kansas Statutes"(Referenced Statute 25-3902 (a), Kansas Statutes)
- Kansas Legislature "Kansas Statutes"(Referenced Statute 25-3902 (g), (e), Kansas Statutes)
- 2009-2012 Rules of the Kansas Senate
- Kansas State Senate Leadership
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "2011 Legislator Compensation Data"
- Empire Center, "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"
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