News from Topeka- Week 1
January 18, 2011

The first week in Topeka is complete! Last Monday, I took the oath of office along with the other State Representatives from across the state. We were called forward by Secretary of State Kris Kobach in groups of 10 in order of our district numbers.

Wednesday saw the State of the State address by our new Governor. Governor Brownback outlined his plan for the state. He has called for a spending freeze to be on his desk by the end of the month. Along with this, his plans include cutting 2,000 unfilled state employee positions, eliminating 8 state agencies, and working on solutions for KPERS insolvency, the growing Medicaid financial problems, and addressing the issue of "adequate" funding for K-12 as defined in the State Constitution. Learn where I stand on key issues. >>

My committee assignments are Education, Federal and State Affairs, and Local Government. We should begin seeing bills introduced and worked in committee. Although the Session has just begun, there are many ideas being looked at to address our long-term financial well-being, tax reform, and education reform. It will be an exciting year, and I look forward to keeping you informed and involved in the process.


Do you have questions about what is happening in Topeka? Do you have concerns you would like to share with multiple Legislators? You are invited to attend a Legislative Forum hosted by State Senator Tim Owens this upcoming Saturday in which I will be taking part. Your opinions are important. Take an active role in your government! The details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, January 22nd
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Matt Ross Community Center
Address: 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park


My website has been reworked and relaunched. The website still has work to be completed on it, but the idea is for it to be a source to help you stay informed. Legislative newsletters, articles with links, and events will be posted on it. Also you will find my Facebook feed on the right hand side. I will be posting to my Facebook page daily. You can find the posts on the website, or you can like my new Facebook page. If you were a follower during the campaign, I have replaced the campaign page with a new page. If you use Twitter, the posts will also be linked to my feed there.

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