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2024 KACo Legislative Wrap-up

By the KACo Advocacy Team
A summary of key legislation affecting counties passed by the General Assembly

A 60-day legislative session requires a lot of stamina, patience and focus to keep up with the fluid work of the General Assembly. From bill filings to floor votes, there is a lot of activity to track.

With record state reserves in the rainy day fund, this budget year was unlike any in recent memory and a far cry from not too long ago when we collectively hoped for only a few percent share of state funding. Legislators tackled several other big topics as well, including medical cannabis and one of the most meaningful bills for counties in decades: HB 596, a compromise that sets the framework for a fairer annexation process for counties.

Summaries of this legislation and other new laws significant to counties are included in the KACo 2024 Legislative Wrap-up. Unless otherwise noted, all bills passed become law 90 days after the end of the legislative session. This year, that date is July 15.

Much of the success counties saw in the 2024 session started with conversations and task force meetings during the 2023 interim. KACo deeply appreciates the sustained commitment of county officials, advocacy partners and other stakeholders to meet with legislators and share important perspectives from the frontlines of county government. Thank you!

Click the image below to download the 2024 Legislative Wrap-up.



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