After the tornado in April 2012 hit South Wichita, many families we're surprised to see property tax bills on their homes just a few months after they were destroyed in the tornado tragedy. As an effort to ease the pain of such horrible events I worked in a bi-partisan effort with my Senate colleagues to create a new law that would allow for property tax abatement to those whose homes are destroyed in natural disasters. The new law is retroactive, beginning with 2012 so those who were victims of the April storm can request a rebate for the taxes they paid. Along with Senators Oletha Faust-Goudea, and Michael O'Donnell I submitted testimony that assisted in the passage of this great legislation. Kansas now won't have to pay property taxes on the home they lost to tragedy. This is a great example of government working for the people, and providing relief where relief is needed. I am proud to have had a hand in this and look forward to working with my fellow Senators from Wichita to ensure the best policies for our area coming out of Wichita.