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Afghanistan

In August of 2021, the U.S. ended a 20-year war when it exited Afghanistan and Taliban forces entered Kabul, regaining control of the country. The Taliban conducted door-to-door searches and targeted killings of government employees, journalists, health care workers, and women judges, in retaliation for supporting the former Afghan government. After the Taliban seized the border crossings, Kabul Airport was the only secure route out of Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans rushed to the airport to evacuate. The U.S. airlifted over 120,000 people from Kabul, many of which were affiliated with foreign governments. Before the takeover, Afghanis provided services to foreign governments in exchange for high-profile jobs and much-needed income. The Taliban consider working for any government, especially the U.S. government, a treasonous act.

Kansas Legislative Session 101

The Kansas legislature is a bicameral body composed of the House of Representatives, with 125 representatives elected for two-year terms, and the Senate, with 40 senators elected to four-year terms. The legislature conducts business under a biennium, or two-year term of legislative activity, with the odd-numbered years as year one and the even-numbered years as year two. Each annual general session convenes the second Monday in January with final adjournment or Sine Die in May. The session is limited to 90 days in duration unless two-thirds of each chamber vote to extend time. When necessary to address issues that fall outside of the regular session, a special session may be convened by the governor.

Kansas General Election Ballot, Constitutional Amendments

The Kansas Constitution was adopted on January 29, 1861. It has been amended 98 times with the most recent amendment being adopted in 2019 when voters approved a measure to end the practice of adjusting the state’s census population for legislative redistricting. In 2022, voters will have the chance to vote on a total of three constitutional amendments. In Kansas, citizens do not have the power to initiate statewide initiatives or referendums. The state legislature can refer statewide ballot measures in the form of a constitutional amendment to the ballot. An amendment requires a two-thirds vote in the House (84 votes) and Senate (27 votes) during a single legislative session to refer a constitutional amendment to a statewide election ballot. The governor’s signature or approval is not required for the initiative or referendum to be referred to the ballot.

Missouri’s Newly-Effective Abortion Law’s Impact on Health Care Providers

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, which was followed by Governor Mike Parson signing a proclamation triggering the effectiveness of Section 188.017 RSMo, which ends elective abortions in the State of Missouri, Spencer Fane’s health care team is sharing a memo outlining the broad scope and ambiguities in Missouri’s law and the potential issues it presents to Missouri health care providers.

EPA Takes New Steps to Regulate PFAS

EPA on February 22, 2021, announced new steps to address PFAS  (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water.  These actions will collect new data on the presence of PFAS in drinking water and could lead EPA to establish maximum contaminant levels, commonly known as MCLs, for these substances under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).