The 2024 Kansas Legislative Session has officially kicked off! The first day of the session is similar to so many other first days we experience, filled with hope, excitement, and an unwavering belief that positive change is within reach. Kansas Appleseed will be in the Statehouse throughout the session to shepherd the passage of good laws and protect against legislation that could bring harm and further marginalize Kansans across our state. We are working on a diverse set of issues, including:
Supporting Justice-involved Youth As part of our commitment to ensuring all Kansans benefit from a fair and effective system of justice, we’re a proud member of the Debt Free Justice Kansas Coalition striving to end fines and fees for justice-involved youth. We are also working to establish presumptions of youth shackling and protect youth justice reforms that reduce the use of incarceration through youth supports and programming. Reducing Hunger in Kansas Laws making it difficult to access food assistance hurt Kansans and our state. We want to end the lifetime ban on SNAP food assistance for persons with more than one felony drug conviction. We will also continue amplifying our in-depth report on school meal debt to advocate for increased access to in- and out-of-school meals. Getting Kansans Back to Work More than 127,000 Kansans have their driver's licenses suspended due to unpaid fees and fines, ranking our state sixth in the nation in suspension rates. Since 2017, 24 states and Washington D.C. have passed reforms to end or significantly limit debt-related driving restrictions. These laws do nothing more than create barriers for hard-working Kansans to care for their families and hold down a job. It is time for Kansas to be the 25th state to pass similar reforms. To learn more, check out our policy briefs here. Your engagement and your voice matters to legislators, and hearing from their constituents will make all the difference. Throughout the session, we'll be sending weekly updates on our work and sharing opportunities for you to take action. Check out our Guide to Effective Advocacy so you can learn more about how to use your voice. Join our Mailing List Stay up to date on all of Kansas Appleseed's work by signing up for our email list.
Sign up for Text Updates! With the legislative session in full swing, Kansas Appleseed has launched a new legislative text update service to help you stay informed and engaged. By signing up for our service, you'll receive brief weekly recaps of the legislative session and urgent calls to action on the issues that matter most to you. Sign uphere to be added to our text campaign.