Kansas Chamber Expresses Appreciation for Override of Veto of Taxpayer Rights Bill

June 3, 2016

Topeka, Kan. (June 1, 2016) - The Kansas Chamber of Commerce expressed appreciation for today's near unanimous legislative override of the Governor's veto of SB 280, a taxpayer due process bill the Kansas Chamber and others supported during the 2016 legislative session.  

SB 280, which passed both legislative chambers nearly unanimously, clarified a 2014 taxpayer rights law by making it clear that aggrieved taxpayers can appeal to district court an adverse ruling by the Board of Tax Appeals and receive a full evidentiary hearing during which issues of law and fact can be determined anew.  

Kansas Chamber CEO, Mike O'Neal, noted: "The importance of this bill to Kansas taxpayers was illustrated by its unanimous adoption by the legislature. The Governor's veto was perplexing in that it appeared to be related to a single taxpayer dispute. We felt and the legislature, with today's override, appears to agree that comprehensive taxpayer rights legislation does not deserve veto treatment over an isolated battle between the State and an individual taxpayer. This override ensures that all Kansas taxpayers in the tax appeal process will be treated equally with regard to their appeal rights."

The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. The mission of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise.   

For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, visit www.kansaschamber.org.