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Minutes for HB2054 - Committee on Elections

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Limiting who may deliver advance ballots, placing limitations on the number of such ballots that a person may deliver and establishing criminal penalties for violations.

Minutes Content for Thu, Jan 28, 2021

Chairperson Carpenter opened the hearing on HB2054.  An overview of the bill was given by Mike Heim, Office of the Revisor of Statutes.  The Committees' questions were answered by Revisor Heim and Katie Koupal, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Communications and Policy.

Chairperson Carpenter called upon Representative Bill Sutton, 43rd District, Kansas House of Representatives who gave proponent testimony on HB2054(Attachment 2)  Representative Sutton stood for questions.

Written-only proponent testimony was provided by Representative Avery Anderson, 72nd District, Kansas House of Representatives. (Attachment 3)

Chairperson Carpenter introduced the following individuals who gave opponent testimony:

  • Rocky Nichols, Executive Director, Disability Rights Center of Kansas (Attachment 4)
  • Kendall Seal, Director of Advocacy, American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas (Attachment 5)
  • Davis Hammet, Loud Light Civic Action (Attachment 6)
  • Dr. Glenda Overstreet Vaughn, representing the Topeka Branch NAACP (Attachment 7)
  • Kenya Cox, Executive Director, Kansas African American Affairs Commission (Attachment 8)
  • Michael Poppa, Executive Director of the Mainstream Coalition (Attachment 9)
  • Dr. Terrance L. Holder, Th.D., President, Missionary Baptist State Convention of Kansas (Attachment 10)

Written-only opponent testimony was received from:

  • Rabbi Moti Rieber, Executive Director, Kansas Interface Action (Attachment 11)
  • Teresa Briggs & Cille King, Co-Presidents, League of Women's Voters (Attachment 12)
  • Ann Mah, Former State Representative, District 53 (Attachment 13)
  • Keith Tatum, Chair; Ethel Edwards, Co-Chair; Dr. Glenda Overstreet Vaughn, Legislative Oversight; Shawnee County Democrats (Attachment 14)
  • Terry Crowder, Chair, African American Democratic Caucus of Kansas (Attachment 15)

Questions from Committee members were directed to individuals who had given oral testimony, to Revisor Heim, to Katie Koupal and Bryan Caskey from the Kansas Secretary of State's office.

There was no neutral testimony on this bill.

Chairperson asked if the Secretary of State's office could provide a ballot envelope to the Committee Assistant.

Chairperson Carpenter closed the hearing on HB2054.