2019 Legislative Update 9

There was a lot of activity and events at the Capitol this past week including Theatre in Our Schools Advocacy Day, WEALTH Day, Mental Health Advocacy Day, Kansas Ag Day, Nonprofit Day on the Hill and the State Refugee Update. Continue reading

2019 Legislative Update 8

It was a pleasure to visit with students from Schlagel High School who were at the Capitol for “Kick Butts Day” to talk with lawmakers about smart tobacco policies and to advocate for tobacco prevention. They were very well informed and talked about education and access being key to prevention. Appreciate Rebecca Garza from Healthy Communities Wyandotte bringing this group of young people by to visit with me. Continue reading

2019 Legislative Update 7

This past week has been especially busy with turnaround deadline on Thursday, February 28th. We are officially halfway through session. Turnaround is when all bills in non-exempt committees must be passed through their respective committee, and the House. Only “blessed” bills, outside of the exempt committees may continue to be worked. The Speaker of the House decides which bills will be blessed. After turnaround, we will work the bills that are sent to the House from the Senate. Turnaround rules do not apply to exempt committees, which are: Federal and State Affairs, Taxation, and Appropriations. Continue reading

2019 Legislative Update 6

Last week was the final week for committees to meet as we head toward the “turnaround deadline” where we push bills from the House to the Senate and vice versa. We will spend most of this week on the “floor” voting on bills that have advanced through the committee process. Continue reading

2019 Legislative Update 5

It was a very busy week! We are quickly approaching bill deadlines and Turnaround Day, February 28th, after which the House takes up Senate Bills that have passed and the Senate takes up House Bills that have passed. Former Representative Kenny Wilk and Reagan Cussimanio provided information about the University of Kansas Health Systems at the Wyandotte/Leavenworth County Delegation Tuesday Lunch & Learn. It was good to have an opportunity to hear about the hospital’s new presence in downtown KCK, as well as support for an organ donor bill and Medicaid expansion. Continue reading

2019 Legislative Update 4

It was great to see so many visitors this week that braved the weather to attend various activities, meetings, and events in Topeka and at the Capitol! The Tuesday Lunch and Learn for the Wyandotte County and Leavenworth County Delegation included a very informative presentation from Goodwill. We appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Goodwill, the partnerships they are building and the work they are doing for the betterment of our communities particularly in the area of workforce development. Continue reading

2019 Legislative Update 3

It was another busy week at the Capitol as we completed week 3 of the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session. This week Joe Reardon, President/CEO Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (our former Mayor), gave an excellent presentation to the Early Childhood Learning Caucus. In the presentation, Joe makes the business case of the benefits of early childhood education. The Chamber’s efforts toward quality early childhood education goes back to 2014 when kindergarten readiness was declared one of the Chamber’s Big 5 goals for Kansas City. Continue reading

2019 Legislative Update 2

It was a busy week at the Capitol as the Kansas Legislature completed week two of the 2019 session. It is wonderful to see so many visitors from home attending events at the Statehouse and engaged in the legislative process! Continue reading

2019 Legislative Update 1

The 2019 Legislative Session commenced on Monday, January 14th and is off to a fast pace. The legislature has several major issues to address this year, and we are ready to get to work on finding commonsense, bipartisan solutions. Kansas works better when we work together. Continue reading

Turnout nearly doubled!

I want to take a moment to share some very exciting news. During the Primary Election held earlier this month, we saw a substantial increase in voter turn-out in the Kansas 32nd House District - almost doubling the number of votes cast compared to the last midterm Primary Election! Over the past 5 years, increasing voter turnout in our district has been a priority of mine. This trend is the result of a collective effort of many of us working to increase voter engagement, and I am proud of the positive effects these efforts are having on our community. Continue reading