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Bills making way through House

Published on -2/25/2014, 10:05 AM

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Last week, I had the opportunity to spend time with 12 4-H'ers and their agents from Edwards, Ford, Ness and Rush counties as they took part in the annual 4-H Citizenship in Action Day. What a great learning experience for these young people. Thanks to county Extension agents Marty Gleason, Edwards County; Robyn Deines, Lane-Ness-Rush counties; and Molly Trausch from Ford County for bringing great young people from our 117th District.

The 4-Hers include: Marta Payne, Ransom; Emily O'Toole, Ness City; Alex Gleason, Kinsley; Traci Ross, Rush County; Conner McCollum, Ford County; Zach Crockett, Kinsley; Matthew Werth, Kinsley; Kirsty Gordon, Edwards County; Laurin Wagner, Offerle; Campbell Martin, Bucklin; Katie Jo Payne, Ransom; Angelena Copeland, Ness County.

I had the opportunity to host our first two pages of the session with Camile Bradshaw and Jaycee Hillman. They were sponsored by the Hodgeman County Farm Bureau Association.

On Thursday, Kim Peach of La Crosse was in my office as a representative of the Cancer Action Network of the American Cancer Society. The Cancer Action Network is the nation's leading voice advocating for public policies that are helping to defeat cancer. Peach thanked all those who support the Relay for Life fund that goes to cancer research. That fund is No. 2, behind our U.S. government, in providing research dollars. They have been able to fund 47 Nobel Prize winners so they can work for all of us in doing cancer research. You also can contact at (785) 222-3327 regarding local transportation assistance, a patient service center or a social worker/personal assistant to help with issues with the cancer journey. Their website is www.acscan.org

John Ewy is the House representative in the 117th District, including Ness

and Rush counties.

john.ewy@house.ks.gov

ALSO: House Bill 2447 protects Kansas property owners from a Federal case that expanded the duty of care property owners owe to trespassers. Under this bill, property owners cannot be sued for negligence if a trespasser is hurt on their property. As long as a property owner does not intentionally harm a trespasser, the trespasser has no ground for legal action against the property owner. This has existed in common law for many years, and this bill simply protects that common law from an expansion given by federal judges

HB 2668 is a bill regarding insurance for qualified professional associations. The bill will exempt all qualified trade, merchant, retail or professional associations from the jurisdiction of the commissioner of insurance. This means these associations will have a self-funded alternative to consider when managing their health care costs. For associations that have been in existence for five or more calendar years and consist of five or more employers, they can turn to self-funded insurance in order to avoid some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. This opportunity includes ag associations who can choose to self-insure, and they also would have the option to purchase catastrophic insurance to cover severe illness. These alternative plans still will comply with ACA mandates such as covering pre-existing conditions, but will have more flexibility to refuse coverage or charge higher premiums based on the group's medical conditions.

HB 2398 is another important bill regarding the business environment in Kansas. HB 2398 makes some amendments to the limited liability company act. However, the bill does not greatly alter existing law. The bill will allow LLCs the power to grant, hold or exercise power of attorney. This includes revocable power of attorney as well as irrevocable power of attorney when it comes to internal affairs and termination of an LLC. This bill also brings LLC business dealings into the modern age by allowing meetings of members and managers to be held by means of electronic communication such as a conference call. Additionally, the bill will prohibit the elimination of the contractual agreement of members or managers. Finally, the bill would allow members of an LLC that has been dissolved to revoke the dissolution and continue the business. The bottom line of this bill is it updates Kansas law concerning LLC's and creates a more appealing business environment for those looking to bring their LLC's to Kansas.

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