State Issues

President Trump Legalizes Hemp with Farm Bill Signing

On Thursday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill passed out of the House last week with a vote of 369-47 and passed the Senate on Tuesday with an 87-13 vote. Among its many agricultural measures, the bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act – effectively legalizing hemp…

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NCOIL Approves Model State PBM Regulation

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) approved model legislation for states looking to address unfair PBM practices. The model act, known as the Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure and Regulation Model Act, aims to address PBM regulation on the state level in a variety of ways. Kansas Rep. Willie Dove was…

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Kansas General Election Results

After several months of hard campaigning in state and national elections, the suspense is finally over. Laura Kelly will be the next governor of Kansas, the third person to serve as Governor in a ten-month span. The Kansas House will have many new faces next session, along with a handful of changes in the Senate,…

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Kansas 2018 Election Preview

Kansas’ 2018 election season is officially underway as the filing deadline for statewide offices, congressional seats, and Kansas House of Representative seats ended on June 1. Primary elections for Democrats and Republicans is scheduled for Aug. 7, 2018 with the general election scheduled for Nov. 6, 2018. The primary election always plays a very significant role in…

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Healthy Community, Healthy Economy: The Pharmacy Effect on the Kansas Economy

Did you know that in 2020, the amount of total health care expenditures in the state of Kansas is projected to be $4.2 billion? According to Dr. John Leatherman of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, that projection will soon become a reality. The study conducted by Dr. Leatherman is titled “The…

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