What is the HB 2199?
Please contact your state house representatives and the members of the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs to oppose HB 2199.
This bill is the same legislation that failed last year in the Senate NaturalResources Committee. This legislation would authorize county commissions to regulate future conservation easements in Kansas. This legislation could turn conservation easements into a partisan, political controversy. Quite likely some county commissions would choose to block new conservation easements. Ultimately, this takes away property rights from landowners who voluntarily wish to conserve the natural features of their beloved land for all future generations.
A listing of committee members and local legislators along with their contact information is listed below.
5 possible points
These are some talking points to leave with a legislator about why you are asking them to oppose HB 2199.
1. To support a landowner’s property rights to voluntary conserve their land for all future generations. HB 2199 is a taking of personal property rights.
2. HB 2199 creates unnecessary additional governance over private landownership.
3. HB 2199 takes away an estate and generational successional planning tool for landowners.
4. To support the conservation of our state’s prime farmland, the scenic beauty of the Flint Hills, wildlife habitat, and riparian buffers that protect water quality and reduce siltation in our water reservoirs.
5. To support the right of Fort Riley to protect its mission by using conservation easements to create a natural buffer around the installation to minimize future conflicts over residential complaints about sound disturbances and radar interference with the installation of commercial wind turbines.