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Minutes for HB2397 - Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Short Title

Prohibiting conveyance of certain real property in this state to foreign adversaries.

Minutes Content for Thu, Feb 16, 2023

Chair Rahjes opened the hearing on HB2397. Kyle Hamilton, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, provided an overview on HB2397 and stood for preliminary questions.

Kris Kobach, Attorney General, State of Kansas, stood in support of the bill and stood for questions.(Attachment 1)  Discussion ensued.

Aaron Popelka, V.P. of Legal and Governmental Affairs, Kansas Farm Bureau, spoke on behalf of Kansas Livestock Association and Kansas Farm Bureau.  He provided neutral testimony and stood for questions.  (Attachment 2)

Joshua Svaty, Kansas Advanced Power Alliance, provided neutral testimony, speaking on behalf of the wind and solar companies in Kansas. (Attachment 3).

Written only testimony in opposition to HB2397 was provided by:

Melissa Stiehler, Board Member of the Cross Border Network (Attachment 4)

Ashley Garr on behalf of the Kansas Land Title Association (Attachment 5)

The Chair called for other testimony.  There was none.

The Chair closed the hearing on HB2397.