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Kansas Legislature

The Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU) legislative team represents the issues of municipal electric, natural gas, water, wastewater & telecommunications utilities on a variety of state legislative issues in Topeka. Municipal utilities across the state speak with a common and united voice through their membership in KMU.

U.S. Congress

KMU works closely with the American Public Power Association (APPA), American Public Gas Association (APGA) and federal water and wastewater groups to represent the positions and concerns of Kansas municipal utilities in Washington, D.C. Each year, a delegation of KMU members and staff rally on Capitol Hill. 

Regulatory Agencies & Stakeholder Groups

With increased scrutiny on energy and environmental issues in today’s utility environment, it is important for municipal utilities to communicate with agencies and stakeholder groups such as the Kansas Corporation Commission, Kansas Department of Health & Environment, EPA Region VII and others. Over the years, KMU staff has been active in and taken leadership roles in appointments by the Governor to groups such as the Kansas Energy Council, Kansas Wind Working Group, Kansas Energy & Environmental Policy Advisory Group, and others.

The Dispatch

Formerly a monthly publication, the KMU Dispatch began life as a weekly newsletter in September 2010. Municipal utility managers, policymakers and employees count on the Dispatch to provide in-depth coverage and information affecting their utilities and communities.  


KMU’s “Headlines” is a weekly e-mail news service providing utility and community news articles from around the state and region. The service is free to KMU members and associate members. 

Legislative Updates

Weekly legislative updates are provided to interested KMU members when the Kansas Legislature is in session, summarizing key municipal utility issues and topics. Action updates help mobilize the KMU membership when local assistance is needed.

Information Clearinghouse

One of KMU’s key functions is to provide a clearinghouse for information and a source of technical assistance to our members in working through the problems they encounter in operating a municipal utility system.

Job Training & Safety

KMU job training & safety staff expertise includes city and utility safety, risk management, human resources, and technical electric and natural gas experience. Four KMU Regional Training Groups currently provide comprehensive on-site training to the 43 member communities that participate.

Mutual Aid

KMU was instrumental in developing KsMAP, the Kansas Mutual Aid Program for Utilities. Over 80 cities, utilities and rural water districts now participate in the program, offering assistance to one another during times of emergency as well as in normal operations.

Electric Lineman Apprenticeship

The KMU Electric Lineman Apprenticeship Program was introduced in July 2005 and offers a combination of on-site classroom and hands-on training, correspondence curriculum, and on-the-job training for electric linemen.

Other Training & Educational Opportunities

Each year, KMU offers a number of training events. Popular workshops offered annually include the Public Relations & Accounting Workshop, Electric Distribution Workshop & Lineman Rodeo, and Power Plant Operator Workshop. Other offerings include workshops on such topics as natural gas operator qualification, electric distribution line design, and regulatory compliance with new state and federal rules and regulations.

Much, Much More

These are just a few of the programs and services provided through membership in KMU. We continue to explore new programs and services to provide our members with the necessary information and assistance that they need to get the job done. If you would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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