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Minutes for HB2184 - Committee on Appropriations

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Extending the sunset date of the STAR bond financing act and other amendments.

Minutes Content for Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Chairman Waymaster opened the hearing on the bill.

David Weise, Office of the Revisor of Statutes reviewed the bill brief (Attachment 1). The bill reflects amendments of the STAR bond financing that would extend the sunset provisions, provide costs incurred for renovation and expansion of a historic theater,  provides the governing body of the municipality the discretion to pass an ordnance or resolution regarding the establishment of a STAR bond project; eliminates a provision for county commissioners or school board, eliminates the secretary of commerce approval of a city or county option to use guest tax revenues for STAR bond payments, and eliminates STAR bond language involving the auto race track facility

David Weise responded to questions from committee members.  Additional information was requested by committee members that included the following: fiscal impact, cost to the state, projects pending, and the revenue impact to the state and schools.

Cindy Green, League of Kansas Municipalities, presented testimony as a proponent of the bill (Attachment 2)   She responded to questions from committee members.

Mike Taylor, Wyandotte County, presented testimony as a proponent of the bill (Attachment 3)

Secretary Soave, Department of Commerce presented testimony in support of the bill (No written testimony was provided). He responded to questions from committee members.

Written testimony as a proponent of the bill was provided by the following individuals: Jason Gage, City of Salina (Attachment 4); Tim McKee, Olathe Chamber (Attachment 5); Pete Meitzner, Wichita, Kansas (Attachment 6); Jason Watkins, Wichita Chamber of Kansas (Attachment 7)  and City of Olathe (Attachment 8).

Chairman Waymaster closed the hearing.