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

2018 Legislative Update 14

We just completed the last week of the 2018 Kansas Legislative Session. Sine Die, the last day of session, was May 4th. Below is a quick update from our final week at the Capitol. It is a special honor to serve as your state representative.  I value and appreciate your input on issues facing state government.  Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions.  My office address is Room 452-S, 300 SW 10th, Topeka, KS 66612.  You can reach me at (785) 296-7430 during session or call the legislative hotline at 1-800-432-3924 to leave a message for me.  You can also e-mail me. Continue reading

2018 Legislative Update 13

This marks the final week of the 2018 regular legislative session. On Saturday just after midnight, the House adjourned and will return on April 26, 2018 for the veto session. There are still some big-ticket items yet to be addressed, such as the budget. The Senate adjournment resolution that was adopted by the House set Sine Die, the last day of the session, for May 4th. Continue reading

2018 Legislative Update 12

On Thursday, March 29th, we honored Vietnam War Veterans on the House Floor for National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was on March 29, 1973 that the combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. It was an honor to recognize the service and sacrifice of Vietnam Vets and all servicemen and women of this era. Continue reading

2018 Legislative Update 11

This was a very busy week as most of the committees completed their work before first adjournment currently scheduled for April 6th. We will be on the Floor all week considering bills and Conference Committees are beginning to meet to reconcile differences between the House and Senate version of bills. The legislature still has several big issues to address, including school finance and a budget bill. Continue reading

2018 Legislative Update 10

On Friday a preliminary review of the WestEd K-12 school finance study, commissioned by the legislature, was presented to the Senate and House Education Committees. The study made clear that we have significantly underfunded schools in Kansas for the last 7-8 years. Had the state kept up with the K-12 funding level that the legislature set back in 2005 to comply with Montoy, the previous school finance lawsuit, we would be approximately at the same funding level that the new study suggests we should be at. It is also important to remember that the estimates in the WestEd Study do not include the following K-12 expenses: transportation, food service, construction, debt service, fund transfer, and adult education. Additional funds will need to be budgeted for those items. A link to the full report is included below. Continue reading