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Government Affairs

Government Affairs

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House Bill 2076

 

We would like to encourage all KENA members to call or email their senators in support of HB 2076, “Creating the seat belt safety fund and increasing the fine for adult seat belt violations."

 http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/documents/hb2076_00_0000.pdf 

 

A multi-organizational coalition including KENA and KSNA has been working on legislation that would increase the fines for adults not wearing seat belts from $10 to $30, with the additional $20 going to fund the Seatbelts Are For Everyone program, administered through Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office.  This is an evidence-based program that needs a funding source to reach more schools.  You can learn more about the program here:

 https://www.ktsro.org/safe

 

This year, this bill has made it successfully through the Kansas House of Representatives with a 92-33 vote.  We had a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee yesterday, with a subsequent favorable committee vote to advance it to the full Senate floor for consideration  We need as many people as possible to contact their senators to let them know that this bill is coming their way and that we ask them to support HB 2076 and protect it from amendments.  Here is a link to the list of the current Kansas Senators and their contact information:

 http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/chamber/senate/roster/ 

If you are unsure who your representative is or how to contact them please visit

 https://openstates.org/ks/legislators/?chamber=lower 

You can enter your address on the right.  It will give you the name and the email address to contact them.

 

We need all the help with calls/emails to these senators as possible.  Most have pause increasing fines.  It is important to remember that this is NOT a tax increase.  This is a fine for those that choose to break the law.

 

It is a little intimidating contacting legislators if you haven’t before.  Remember, they work for you!  We’ve attached some talking points you can pick from if you choose.  Let them know why this is an important issue for YOU (what you’ve seen in your line of work, personal stories, etc.)   If you are able to talk to them or receive an email reply from them, please let us know what they said!  Please forward their reply to tetaylor@stormontvail.org 

 

Thank you for the work you do every day to save lives. 

We do believe that we can save even more lives with policy change and education.

 

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