Senator Elaine Bowers 2023 Kansas Senate Scene – Week 5


This week marked the fifth week of session with the first half of the legislative session almost behind us.  As we approach “turn-around” the Senate held floor debate on Tuesday and Thursday and worked bills which were sent out of committees to the full Senate.  The bills voted on by the full Senate now cross over to the House of Representatives where the process starts over.

The Director of the KBI was nominated by Attorney General Kobach while the other nominations were made by the governor.

Anthony Mattivi was named the 13th Director of Kansas Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, February 9th.  Tony served as a federal prosecutor for over 20 years as an assistant United States Attorney.  He was the lead prosecutor for the capital case against the al Qaeda operative who masterminded the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.  He also worked for the US Department of Justice’s (USDOJ) Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Iraq, advising the Iraqi High Tribunal as they tried members of Saddam Hussein’s regime for committing war crimes.

Other appointments approved:  State Civil Service Board, Chrystal Krier and Jacob Miller; State Board of Indigents Defense Services, Maurice Brewer and Alexandra Rose; and State Banking Board, Ruth Stevenson, Lea Tatum-Haskell, and Patrick Walden.  All nominees were by unanimous vote in the full Senate.


Dozens of bills are making their way through the legislative process and this week, a series of bills from the Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance and the Capitol Preservation Committee made their way to the Senate floor.

SB 14 updates the version of risk-based capital instructions in effect.  SB 14 passed 39-0.  I voted yes.

SB 15 removes the requirement of a documented written demand for premiums as part of a prima facie case against agents or brokers who fail to pay premiums due.  SB 15 passed 39-0.  I voted yes.

SB 17 reduces the size of government by modifying the requirement to report individuals who solicit memberships on behalf of prepaid service plans from semi-annually to annually and upon application for registration and discontinuing payment of annual registration fees for such plans.  SB 17 passed 39-0.  I voted yes.

SB 25 is a tax cut, decreasing the premium tax rate imposed on surplus lines insurance from 6% to 4%.  SB 25 passed 39-0.  I voted yes.

SB 26 specifies certain requirements necessary to demonstrate fiscal soundness for health maintenance organizations and Medicare provider organizations applying for certificates of authority.  SB 26 passed 38-1.  I voted yes.

SB 19 requires certain premium taxes to be paid 90 days after each calendar year and basing such premium taxes upon the gross premiums collected for the previous year.  SB 19 passed 39‑0.  I voted yes.

SB 42 authorizes payment claims of certain claims against the state.  SB 42 passed 39-0.  I voted yes.

SB 11 would authorize the Capitol Preservation Committee to develop and approve the Ad Astra Plaza on capitol area grounds.  The Plaza would include a life-size sculpture of the Ad Astra statute that tops the State Capitol Building, bronze plaques, and donor bricks.  SB 11 passed 39‑0.  I voted yes.

SB 39 would provide for the development of a mural in the Statehouse honoring the 1st Kansas (Colored) Voluntary Infantry Regiment and establish a fund for such purpose.  SB 39 passed 39-0. I voted yes.

Full texts of the bills and supplemental notes as well as the Final Action vote on these measures can be found at


You can file your Kansas Income Tax Return and Homestead Refund Claim with Kansas WebFile, a free state tax return service provided by the Kansas Department of Revenue and


Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an online career exploration and planning resource provided by the State Library of Kansas.  It provides detailed and up-to-date profiles of thousands of today’s most popular jobs.  Included:  an undergraduate and graduate school finder, planning timelines that cover education to career, and a database of sample resumes and cover letters.  A section on apprenticeships includes advice on applying and interviewing along with key skills for success.  For someone seeking a summer internship:  advice on resumes, creating an online persona, and how to recognize a quality internship program.

If the above link asks for a Kansas Library eCard number, you may get one at any library in Kansas.  Most schools and Kansans will be automatically recognized as being in Kansas and will not need this step.  Questions:


Take an online tour of the magnificent Kansas State Capitol, floor by floor at  The classically inspired building is an impressive public monument as well as the working offices for the governor and legislators. The building holds a dramatic array of art, architecture, and colorful Kansas history.  There are also 16 state-owned sites, administered by the Kansas Historical Society, to explore different topics in our state’s fascinating history.  Two of these sites in Senate District #36 are Hollenberg Pony Express Station in Hanover and Pawnee Indian Museum in Republic.

I always encourage you to stay informed of the issues under consideration by the Kansas Legislature.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions. An email is the best at this point in the session.

Thank you for the honor of serving you!

Senator Elaine Bowers
Kansas State Capitol Building
Room 223-E
300 SW 10th St.
Topeka, KS  66612
785 296-7389

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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