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.

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Onundr Sicard

I'm happy she started with the bs so I wouldn't have to read the rest.

create

"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."

Oh please! Look at the condition this state is in, not only with regard to schools, but the entire screwed up economy. What is wrong with you, Peggy Mast? Haven't you seen what this "experiment" has done to us all? The budget still is not balanced. Why is that? Did you vote for or against the plundering of other funds in order to balance this stupid budget? Yes, PLUNDERING. I can't call it anything else. The territory of Puerto Rico is coming under congressional investigation for using the pension funds of it's workers. Why not Kansas? Did you stand up to Brownback and his insane plans for all this plundering? Did you stand up to him and his ideas on keeping the judiciary on a leash? The Judiciary is the third arm of a balanced government, not some bloody lap dog being told what to do. I did not read your full article because it's all nothing but BS, pure and simple.

Arborcat

First paragraph is total hogwash! Frankly didn't bother reading the rest.

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