2015 Legislative Update - Issue 4

It has been a very eventful week at the State Capitol!!  Committee work continues to be very robust, as well as action on bills on the House Floor.  In the House, Judiciary Committee hearings were held regarding a constitutional amendment for judicial selection. In Vision 2020, the KanCare II expansion bill that would provide medical coverage for more Kansans was introduced.  Please let me know if you want additional information about either of these.   Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 3

Legislative Committee work was very busy this week with presentations on many important issues, introductions of new bills and hearings on bills previously introduced. I was very honored to have MJ Tomasic and Genny Klobe serve as Legislative pages on Tuesday. Serving as a Legislative page gives students an opportunity to experience the legislative process first hand. I always enjoy when I get to spend the day with students from my district. Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 2

The 2015 Legislative session is getting into full swing with numerous new bills being introduced and hearings being held in committees. It is always a pleasure to meet with people from home who travel to Topeka for advocacy days and annual association meetings. Last week I enjoyed attending the Public Safety Annual Legislative event and visiting with Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash as well as the County Appraisers Legislative Reception where I had the opportunity to visit with Wyandotte County Appraiser Gene Bryant.   Continue reading

2015 Legislative Update - Issue 1

Dear Friends, No matter how old you are, it is never easy when you lose a parent.  My Dad, Richard Horton, passed away on January 13th.  He was a strong, independent and wise man with a great sense of humor, and he lived life on his own terms to the very end. On behalf of my family, thank you for your expressions of sympathy and comfort and for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers at this time.  He will be truly missed by those that loved him. As your State Representative, one of my top priorities is ensuring that I remain accountable and accessible to the people I serve. In order to do this, I attend community meetings and events, and I meet with our neighborhood and business leaders throughout the year. While the Legislature is in Session, I do my best to stay in touch and keep you informed by email, and I spend countless hours every week helping my constituents solve problems. Continue reading

Pam Curtis seeks to renew effort in representing Wyandotte County

  KANSAS CITY – State Representative Pam Curtis (D-Kansas City), filed for reelection to the Kansas House of Representatives today. Rep. Curtis was unanimously elected to serve the people of the 32nd District in March of 2014 to fill the seat of the late Rep. Mike Peterson. “It has been my honor to serve Wyandotte County in the House of Representatives these past few months, but our work is far from over.” said Curtis. “As State Representative for the 32nd District I remain committed to fighting for the rights and values of the hard working families throughout KCK. I have worked tirelessly to protect our State's education system and ensure that the Legislature meet it's obligation to provide every child with the equal opportunity to receive a high quality education.” “Pam’s priorities in the Kansas Legislature reflect the priorities of Kansas families,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence. “She has advocated for increased public education funding, lower property taxes, and job creation for Kansas families. I hope the people of Wyandotte County will send her back to Topeka to continue her excellent work.”   Continue reading

Legislative Newsletter: March 29th, 2014

The Legislature stayed very busy this week, as we debated and voted on the House floor all day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Complete daily calendars are available at www.kslegislature.org along with other useful information.  I am also working to keep constituents more informed via Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading

Legislative Newsletter: March 24th, 2014

It's a very busy time at the Capitol as we get closer to first Adjournment. Numerous bills were debated on the House floor and continued to work bills in committee. This week I sat in as a member of the House Education Committee and the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.  Continue reading

Legislative Newsletter: March 16th, 2014

On Thursday, March 13th, it was my pleasure to serve as a substitute member for Representative Stan Frownfelter on the Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee and the Financial Institutions Committee.  The Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee discussed HB 2675 that provides incentives to companies hiring Kansan’s with disabilities – more information on this discussion is in the weekly report below.  The Financial Institutions Committee held an informational briefing on payday and short-installment loans.  Continue reading

Testimony in support of HB 2749, the Transparency and accountability in legislative meetings act

Below is the testimony I submitted in favor of HB 2749, the Transparency and accountability in legislative meetings act. I believe that this legislation is a great first step in bringing some much need transparency to the Kansas Legislature, and making it more accessible to the people of Kansas.   Continue reading

Legislative Newsletter: March 10th

On Thursday, March 6, I took the oath of office to serve as the Representative of the 32nd House District in Kansas administered by the Honorable Tom Malone, Chief Judge, Kansas Court of Appeals.  I am fulfilling the unexpired term of the late Representative Mike Peterson who served our community for many years.  I am very honored to serve as your State Representative.  Every day, the decisions made by our Representatives in Topeka impact our daily lives.  I look forward to working with you and being your voice in Topeka. In this issue: From the Statehouse Appropriations Committee hears various Budget Reports At-risk discussed in joint Education committee meeting Transparency Act makes its way To Appropriations Supreme Court ruling drops in School Funding case Keep in Touch Continue reading