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Kansas Legislature overrides Kelly’s tax bill veto

House & Senate exceed required 2/3 majority Monday.
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Published: May. 3, 2021 at 1:59 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of Senate Bill 50 has been overridden by the Kansas Legislature.

Monday, both chambers reached the 2/3 majority required to override the governor’s action. The House vote was 84 yea, 39 nay; Senate voted 30 yea, 10 nay.

Senate Bill 50 will require marketplace facilitators to collect and remit sales, transient and guest taxes, as well as 911 fees when it becomes law.

In April, Kelly said her veto of SB 50 was the fiscally responsible thing to do, citing Kansas’ record-setting $2.5 billion in new investments from businesses last year, even despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

In support of the veto, Kansas Democrats said the bill would have blown a hole in the state’s general fund and undo the progress made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kansas Republicans said the veto would deprive the Kansas residents of the benefits of federal tax cuts while increasing the burden on state employers.

The Kansas Chamber also criticized the Governor for the veto, saying it would provide tax relief for all Kansas Families and businesses, while only impacting 1% of state annual revenues.

To read Senate Bill 50, click here.

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