You are here: Home Breaking News
Kansas House processes cybersecurity bill, wildfire tax break sent to governor

The House advanced legislation Friday that allows for appointment of a Cabinet-level cybersecurity czar and triggers development of an executive branch apparatus to deal with information technology vulnerabilities revealed in confidential audits.

The bill scheduled for final action Monday would reinforce an executive order issued in 2012 by Gov. Sam Brownback to modernize the state’s decentralized and inconsistent approach to fending off hackers. Audits exposing flaws in IT security are not public record.

“We’ve got barbarians on the hill and we need to do our best to protect our citizens and get them to come inside our walled facility,” said Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican and chairman of a House committee that concentrates on IT issues.

>>>Read the rest of the article at cjonline.com>>>

 
In effort to shore up cybersecurity, Kansas panel supports formation of agency

A Kansas House committee assembled fine print of legislation Monday centralizing cybersecurity operations of state government within a new Cabinet-level agency and to delay consideration of how to earmark up to $10 million annually to fend off hackers.

Security audits that weren’t made public reveal deficiencies in computer security systems within state government, said Rep. Pete DeGraaf, chairman of the House Government, Technology and Security Committee.

“The security audits have shown we have significant holes. On a scale of one to 100, I’d say we’re at 11 statewide,” DeGraaf said. “The reality is we’ve got threats. We need a castle wall. We need people to come into the castle. We have a responsibility to protect our citizens’ data.”

>>>Read the rest of the article at HutchNews.com>>>

 
January 11, 2017 - Q&A with representatives Blake Carpenter and Pete DeGraaf

"The 2017 session of the Kansas Legislature started this week. It promises to be a busy one, with a budget shortage and school funding dominating the agenda. Derby representatives Blake Carpenter, a Republican who represents District 81, or the north section of the city, and Pete DeGraaf, a Republican who represents District 82, or the south section of the city along with Mulvane, share some of their reflections on the upcoming session. Carpenter was first elected in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016. DeGraaf was first elected in 2008 and has been re-elected since then."

>>>Read more at the Derby Informer>>>

 
November 9, 2016 - Area Republicans celebrate series of victories

Republicans representing Derby and the surrounding area had a lot to be happy about election night as voters continued to keep them in office.

Among those marking the occasion at the GOP watch party at the Broadview Hotel in downtown Wichita was Pete DeGraaf of Mulvane, who represents House District 82, which includes Mulvane and the southern part of Derby.

He won a fifth term and said he's grateful for the chance to go back to Topeka.

"This is what we run for, an opportunity to serve and make a difference," he said. "I'm glad the people decided on me."

>>>Read the rest of the article at the Derby Informer>>>

 
Kansans for Life Endorses Pete DeGraaf; Praises Perfect Pro-Life Voting Record

Kansans for Life is proud to have endorsed Pete DeGraaf for state House of Representatives in your district. Pete DeGraaf has a perfect pro-life voting record and it is imperative that voters return him to the legislature in November.

DeGraaf is running against Danette Harris. Harris has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, an organization that is responsible for over 330,000 abortions a year. This endorsement indicates that she supports abortion for any reason, at any time in pregnancy, funded by your tax dollars (See more on the meaning of a Planned Parenthood endorsement at http://www.voteprolife.net/what-does-it-mean-to-receive-an-endorsement-from-planned-parenthood/).

The contrast between the two candidates in your district is important. Pete DeGraaf has stood for life 100% of the time in the Kansas legislature. Danette Harris has received the endorsement of the largest abortion provider in the country.

Pete DeGraaf will need your support to win the state House seat in your district. We encourage you to contribute to his campaign by placing a yard sign on your property, volunteering to walk door-to-door, and sending him a donation. Also, don’t forget to pray for his efforts. You can contact him by phone, email, or send a contribution in the mail. His contact information is listed below.

Phone: 316-777-1414
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Address: 1545 E. 119th, Mulvane, KS 67110

If you want more information or have any questions, feel free to contact the Kansans for Life PAC by calling 316-687-0938 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Yours for LIFE,

Alex Oakley, KFL PAC Coordinator

 
Kansas Farm Bureau Announces General Election Endorsements

Kansas Farm Bureau’s Voters Organized To Elect Farm Bureau Friends (VOTE FBF) has released its general election candidate endorsements for state and federal races in Kansas.

“These endorsements, as always, were based on county recommendations in each legislative district,” Rich Felts, Kansas Farm Bureau president said.  “The VOTE FBF board takes this grassroots input and uses it as the primary guideline for endorsements.”

In Congressional races, VOTE FBF has endorsed Sen. Jerry Moran, Dr. Roger Marshall for 1st Congressional District , Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS 2), Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS 3), and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS 4).

VOTE FBF was established in 1993 to help elect friends of agriculture and rural Kansas.

>>Click here to view the full list of Kansas Senate and House Endorsements for the 2016 elections>>

 
Convention of States Action: A Complete Success

A Complete Success.

The first ever, historic Convention of States Simulation is now complete. One-hundred and thirty-seven delegates representing every state in the nation convened in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, Sept. 21-23. It was an amazing experience and the Convention operated flawlessly. If you watch the live stream link below, we know you'll agree. 

The full Convention will be issuing a statement on Monday morning, which will include the proposed Amendments which were successfully voted out. 

We know you are anxious to see the complete results, and we appreciate your patience. As an independent assembly, the statement about the final results from the Convention must come from the body, and not our organization. We will circulate it on behalf of the Convention.

Here's a quick preview. The Convention passed amendment proposals on the following six ideas:
1.      Requiring the states to approve any increase in the national debt
2.      Term limits on Congress
3.      Limiting federal overreach by returning the Commerce Clause to its original meaning
4.      Limiting the power of federal regulations by giving an easy congressional override
5.      Require a super majority for federal taxes and repeal the 16th Amendment
6.      Give the states (by a 3/5ths vote) the power to abrogate any federal law, regulation or executive order.


"The events at Williamsburg will be remembered as a turning point in history. The spirit of liberty and self government has been reignited."  Michael Farris - Co-Founder, Convention of States Project.

Here's what happened:

Day 1 Recap: What's going on in Colonial Williamsburg at the Simulated Convention of States

Day 2 Recap: Simulated Convention of States commissioners wrangle over proposed amendments to the Constitution

Day 3 Live Stream: Convention of States Historic Simulation

 
May, 2016 - End of Session Newsletter

Click here or on the image below to download Pete DeGraaf's May 2016 End of Session newsletter.

 
April 30, 2016 - House postpones budget debate; Brownback thinks bill is ‘something he can sign’

Lawmakers plan to debate a bill Sunday that would fill part of the state’s budget hole but leave most of the cutting to Gov. Sam Brownback.

Brownback has reviewed the bill and “believes it is something he can sign,” Eileen Hawley, governor’s spokeswoman, said in an e-mail late Saturday.

Legislators had hoped to vote on the bill late Saturday night, then end the session. But the Kansas House postponed its vote after disagreement with the Senate on other matters made wrapping up the session that night appear impossible.

...


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article74875337.html#storylink=cpy

House members had made their disapproval of including the language in the bill known earlier in the week. Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, said Friday that despite his anti-abortion views, he does not support breaking the rules to win on this issue.


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article74875337.html#storylink=cpy

>>>Read the rest of the article at Kansas.com>>>

Note from Pete: The end does not justify the means; we still have time to do this right!

 
March 24, 2016 - Rep. Waymaster introduces ‘Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month’ in Kansas

"For the fourth consecutive year, the Kansas House of Representatives formally declared the month of April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

The proclamation took place on the house floor on Wednesday, March 23rd. This year, the resolution was introduced by Representative Troy L. Waymaster (R-Bunker Hill), Representative J.R. Claeys (R-Salina), Representative Ramon Gonzalez (R-Perry), and Representative Pete DeGraaf (R-Mulvane).

'Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in our nation,' said Waymaster. 'Sadly, not enough people are acquainted with the disease, the symptoms, and who it affects. My thoughts and prayers are with those who suffer. It’s my honor to introduce this resolution.'

The proclamation has special meaning to Rep. DeGraaf, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015.

'It’s a personal honor to be co-sponsoring this proclamation. Being a Parkinson’s patient, this effort is very important to me,' said DeGraaf. 'While I cannot control the fact that I have the disease, I can control how I respond. A positive attitude on my part and the support of my wife, family, and friends are essential as I move forward.'"

>>>Read the rest of the article at Hayspot.com>>>

 
February 10, 2016 - House pushes ahead with new $16 billion state budget bill

...

"The House added to the bill an amendment authored by Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, stipulating 80 percent of proceeds from sale of state property to be forwarded to KPERS. Depositing proceeds in the state’s general fund only serves to promote more spending, he said."

>>>Read the rest of the article at cjonline.com>>>

 
February 8, 2016 - DeGraaf Receives The American Conservative Union 2015 Award for Conservative Excellence

ACU Ratings

This year’s ratings of the 2015 Kansas legislature by the American Conservative Union Foundation revealed that a little over a quarter of all Republican legislators are willing to do what it takes to defend the freedom of everyday Kansans. After an analysis of their voting records, ACU will recognize 36 members for their effort to work towards enacting conservative solutions.

“I have been involved in Kansas politics for a long time and when we see members fight to protect the unborn and defend the Second Amendment, I am reminded why I am so proud to be from Kansas,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp.

In addition to those important victories, the Kansas legislature also reformed welfare and provided relief to individuals and businesses from the state’s destructive renewable-energy mandates. 

“Governor Brownback and conservatives have set up Kansas to enact positive reforms, but overriding the Governor’s veto on unnecessary Uber and Lyft regulations will only lead to less competition and higher prices for those who rely on these innovative services,” said Schlapp.

ACU announced today the results of our ratings for the 2015 meeting of the Kansas Legislature. Like our Congressional ratings, ACU’s State Ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Kansas legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in our U.S. Constitution.  

ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles. We select bills that focus on former President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the “three-legged stool”: 1) economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd Amendment, religious freedom, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. The range of issues selected have been specifically designed to convey to voters the most accurate assessment of Kansas’s elected officials who can be counted on to defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty, and Property.

Legislators who scored above 80% in ACU’s 2015 Ratings of the Kansas Legislature will receive awards for their hard work toward passage of legislation that reflects conservative principles. As Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally.”

The following Representatives and Senators will receive a 2015 ACU Ratings Award:

Representatives:  BRUNK, B. CARPENTER, CLAEYS, CORBET, COUTURE-LOVELADY, DeGRAAF, GARBER, GOICO, GROSSERODE, HIGHLAND, HILDABRAND, HOUSER, K. JONES, KELLEY, LUNN, MACHEERS, MASON, McPHERSON, POWELL, RHOADES, SCHWAB, SUTTON, THIMESCH, TODD, and WHITMER

Senators:  BAUMGARDNER, DENNING, LYNN, MELCHER, O'DONNELL, PILCHER-COOK, POWELL, PYLE, and SMITH

To view our Kansas ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2015/ and click on Kansas.

 
January 27, 2016 - Microbrewery Bills Advance in Kansas House But Senate Taking Closer Look

A Kansas House committee voted Wednesday to advance two bills that would increase the production limits on microbreweries and allow them to manufacture hard cider.

...

In the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, offered a motion to table the bill for a week in order to work on that language. He noted that under federal law, a company that produces more than 60,000 barrels per year is considered a manufacturer and subject to the federal manufacturer's tax.

He said that by allowing a microbrewery to produce up to 60,000 barrels at multiple locations, Kansas might effectively be giving microbreweries an unfair advantage over large manufacturers...

>>>Read the rest of the article at LJWorld.com>>>

 
May 5, 2015 - Uber to pull out of Kansas after Legislature overrides Brownback’s veto

The company announced it was calling it quits in the Sunflower State on Tuesday moments before the Legislature took its final vote to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of new regulations for ride-hailing services.

“Uber has ceased operations throughout the state,” said Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin in a statement. “We’re saddened by the loss of hundreds of jobs, safe rides and transportation choice for consumers in Kansas.”

Altmin sent the statement after the Kansas Senate voted 34-5 to override Brownback’s veto, but before the House voted. The House voted 96-25 about 10 minutes later.

“Before the vote started, I checked the (Uber) app and they said they’d pulled out of Kansas already,” said Rep. Steve Anthimides, R-Wichita. “So our vote at that point was moot in the House.”

But some lawmakers voiced confidence that the national company would return and said they were willing to work on a compromise.

>>>Read the rest of the article at Kansas.com>>>


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article20280291.html#storylink=cpy
 
April 13, 2015 - Fixing Kansas budget problems could undo no-tax promises

The path for digging Kansas out of a deep budget mess could end up paved with broken promises.

Conservative Republicans came to power vowing a leaner state government, one that would cut taxes and leave a smaller footprint.

Cut taxes they did. But a massive budget hole followed, one that may now require higher taxes to balance a still-growing state budget.

...

>>>Read the rest of the story at The Kansas City Star>>>


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article18463949.html#storylink=cpy
 
March 30, 2015 - Kansas ABLE Bill Heads To Conference Committee

Kansas legislation that would create savings accounts for children with disabilities is headed to a conference committee to iron out last minute details between the House of Representatives and state Senate.

The state House voted Monday morning to send an omnibus banking bill that includes the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act to a conference committee to discuss the final legislative package. ABLE is one of three bills that senators placed into a legislation dealing with the state’s money transmitter act last week. The Senate’s move rescued ABLE from legislative death after a Democratic move to attach Medicaid expansion to the bill provided a likely death sentence.

House Financial Institutions Committee Chairman Pete DeGraaf (R-Mulvane) told The Celock Report that he motioned to send the bill to a conference committee to discuss the bills attached by the Senate.

“I have questions I need to get ironed out,” DeGraaf said.

DeGraaf said he expected ABLE to be included in the final version of the bill that will come out of conference. He noted that the overall bill passed with unanimous support in the Senate and has backers in the House. The bill was proposed earlier this year by Rep. Erin Davis (R-Olathe) and state Treasurer Ron Estes (R).

“I think there is a lot of support in the House and the Senate,” DeGraaf told The Celock Report. “I am saying with 90 percent surety it will pass.”

>>>Read the rest of the article at JohnCelock.com>>>

 
March 25, 2015 - House moving ahead on plan to borrow $1.5 billion for KPERS

Representatives in the House on Wednesday narrowly passed a bill authorizing the state to issue $1.5 billion in bonds to provide investment capital for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.

The idea would be to expend no more than 5 percent to borrow the money, while generating an estimated 8 percent in investment income to support the state pension account for public school teachers. Proceeds from the 30-year bond deal envisioned by House Bill 2095 would be applied to the account’s estimated $7 billion unfunded liability.

...

Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, said Kansas lawmakers had become addicted to debt — he referred to borrowing as the state’s opium — throughout the years. It doesn’t make sense to extract the state from a KPERS obligation by adding to the debt, he said.

“One of the first rules of getting out of debt is stop digging a hole,” DeGraaf said.

>>>Read the rest of the article at the Topeka Capital-Journal Online>>>

 
March 25, 2015 - House OK's Bonds for KPERS

Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, said lawmakers had become addicted to debt — he referred to borrowing as the state’s opium — throughout the years. It doesn’t make sense to extract the state from a KPERS obligation by adding to the debt, he said.

“One of the first rules of getting out of debt is stop digging a hole,” DeGraaf said.

>>>Read the rest of the article at the Garden City Telegram>>>

 
February 24, 2015 - House Bill Targets Gamblers Who Owe Child Support

...

Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, told the House Children and Seniors committee the bill would help children from broken homes.

“We owe it to Kansas children to collect whatever we can before the winnings are lost in further attempts to win more or squandered somewhere else,” DeGraaf said. “This bill supports the principle of paying debts before gambling away the funds needed to pay for past responsibilities.”

>>>Read the rest of the article at CJonline.com>>>

 
February 17, 2015 - Some Kansas lawmakers want school districts to tap reserves to make up for budget cuts

Some lawmakers have been calling for school districts to tap their cash reserves to help cover the $28 million the governor plans to cut from the education budget.

But school officials dispute the notion that districts are overflowing with cash and say lawmakers need a better understanding of why districts build up savings in the first place.

“It’s wrong for money to be in savings accounts when it should be in the classroom,” said Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me for schools to say they’re hurting for money when they keep putting more and more money in savings,” DeGraaf said. “The last four years we’ve been encouraging schools to use their unencumbered balances. …We may be a little more” direct this year.


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article10489286.html#storylink=cpy

>>>Read the rest of the article at Kansas.com>>>

 
February 6, 2015 - Tax Schisms Emerge In Vote On Kansas Emergency Budget Bill

...

"But a couple of Republicans who were against the fee sweeps and budget cuts joined the House’s 28 Democrats in voting against the bill, and a few others — like Rep. Pete DeGraaf and Rep. Marc Rhoades — who thought the spending cuts weren’t deep enough or targeted enough also voted 'no.'"

...

>>>Read the rest of the story at KCUR.org>>>

 
January 29, 2015 - House Cleaning

The Kansas House of Representatives decided this week to change some of its rules that might result in members playing a little nicer with one another – and with constituents.

...


If the old saying that nothing good happens after midnight is true, it’s doubly true for lawmakers. That was recognized by Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, who rightly said such late-night votes are used as a tool to force decisions on important issues.

>>Read the whole article on HutchNews.com>>

 
Octoober 20, 2014 - Service Academy Interview Day with US Senator Jerry Moran

Karen joined a number of other community leaders as part of the 2014 Service Academy Selection Board that met with US Senator Jerry Moran.

>>Read the whole article here>>

 
June 20, 2014 - DeGraaf Recognized for Perfect Voting Record

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday. June 20, 2014

For More Information:

Jim Beley: 785/296-7662

DeGraaf recognized for perfect voting record

Topeka – Representative Pete DeGraaf (R-Mulvane) was recognized for his 100 percent voting record during the 2014 Legislative Session. Official records of the Kansas House of Representatives show that Representative DeGraaf did not miss a single vote cast by the full House.

“House Republicans took many important votes this session, including tough votes on tax and budget reform,” said Majority Leader Jene Vickrey (R-Louisburg). “Representative DeGraaf has exemplified a true commitment to representing his constituents, not shying away from any vote. The dedication he has shown to his job in Topeka and to the legislative process is most commendable.”

DeGraaf has served in the House of Representatives since May of 2008. He represents the 82nd District which includes most of Derby and Mulvane.

The House Clerk records, and recently confirmed, the official voting records of the Kansas House of Representatives.

 
June 20, 2014 - Representative Pete DeGraaf Earns 100% Voting Record on Small-Business Issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dan Murray, 913-940-4218, or Todd Pack, 615-872-5897
NFIB/Kansas: Representative Pete DeGraaf Earns 100% Voting Record on Small-Business Issues


TOPEKA, June, 20, 2014—Dan Murray, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said today that Representative Pete DeGraaf of the 82nd District (Derby and Mulvane) achieved a 100 percent voting record in the 2013-14 legislative sessions.
"Small business is the engine that drives Kansas’ economy," Murray said. "By supporting small business, Rep. Pete DeGraaf is supporting working families and the community." NFIB is Kansas’ largest small-business association with over 4,000 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state’s economy.
"Representative DeGraaf stood up for Kansas’ employers and job creators time and time again on important issues such as tax reform and unemployment insurance," he said. "Our members truly appreciate Pete DeGraaf’s efforts to help grow our state’s economy and create jobs.”
To achieve a 100 percent NFIB/Kansas voting record, Rep. Pete DeGraaf voted in support of small business on issues such as:
* Property-tax transparency.
* Improving Kansas’ unemployment insurance program.
* Allowing small businesses to band together to buy health insurance through self-funded health plans, thereby reducing the cost of coverage for small-business owners and their employees.
* Changing the process for nominating people who hear appeals related to workers’ compensation and unemployment claims; the new nominating committee includes a representative from NFIB/Kansas.
* Opposing a plan to increase the cap on non-economic damages in civil cases.
* Supporting legislation that would have improved standards for evidence and “expert” witnesses.
* Making it easier for employers to withhold a portion of a workers’ pay to recover overpayment or the cost of lost or unreturned equipment.
* Prohibited public-sector employee unions from using members’ dues on political activities.
* Preventing local governments from mandating minimum wages or benefits that are greater than the benefits required under state or federal law.
* Protecting property owners from liability in the event someone injures themselves while trespassing.
DeGraaf has often been quoted saying, “Small Businesses are the key to creating more jobs in Kansas. Small businesses are the backbone of our Kansas economy. 75% of all Kansas employees work for companies of 100 or less employees.”

###
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

 
May 2014 - End of Session

Please click here to download the May 2014 Pete DeGraaf Legislative Update.

 
« StartPrev123NextEnd »

Page 1 of 3