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

Honored.

Last night the precinct committee members for the 32nd House District selected me to fulfill the remainder of the late Representative Mike Peterson’s term in the Kansas Legislature. We are all saddened by the circumstances that created this vacancy. Representative Peterson served our community for many years in public office, as a leader of the Democratic Party, and a great friend to many of us. Our community has lost a passionate advocate and his leadership will be greatly missed. I am truly honored to have been selected to fulfill the remainder of Representative Peterson’s term. Continue reading