A Legislative Special Session has been set for June 23. This session will focus on the Kansas Supreme Court’s identification of a constitutional problem in this year’s amendments to the 2015 block grant school finance law.
The Court’s decision to impede the education of Kansas children over a dispute concerning one-percent of education funding has been highly contested in the House; however, House Republicans are committed to keep schools open. Kansas students are the future of our state, and I will do all that I can to ensure the Court does not close schools.
Civil Air Patrol Conference
In May, I attended the Civil Air Patrol Kansas Wing Conference in Wichita. As a state legislator, I am an honorary member of the Civil Air Patrol in the Kansas Legislative Squadron. This conference taught me much about the program. I attended several workshops during the conference, an open forum discussion regarding Cadet Programs, and a demonstration of “drone” STEM kits.
At the conference’s formal banquet, I was privileged to meet distinguished members of the CAP, who graciously appointed me to the honorary rank of Major. I am humbled by the opportunity and impressed by the program. To learn more about the Kansas Civil Air Patrol, visit www.kswg.cap.gov.
NCSL Leadership Conference
Last week, I attended the National Conference of State Legislatures Leadership Briefing in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the National Conference of Legislators; this was an excellent opportunity to join bipartisan legislative leaders from across the United States to discuss challenges facing our states.
I attended briefings on opioid addiction, the Zika virus, increasing Medicaid enrollment and financial shortfalls around the country. In addition, I had a special invitation to meet with leaders on the Middle East conflict and current security concerns for the U.S.
A highlight for me was a visit to the West Wing of the White House! I appreciate the opportunity to meet with legislative leadership from other states. I can’t wait to share what I learned with my fellow Kansas legislators.
On June 1, I announced that I will not seek re-election to the 76th district. After 20 years of service in the Kansas House of Representatives (four as Speaker Pro Tem), I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Kansas House. The relationships and experiences I have gained are invaluable.
I plan to stay involved in the community and I look forward to spending quality time with my family while enjoying our great state. Thank you all for your encouragement, support, and active participation as constituents. I am honored to know you and to have represented the 76th district.