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  • Brownback administration seeks $16 million increase in foster care funding
    Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer outlined Monday the administration’s proposed two-year, $16 million increase in state funding to hire more employees to investigate alleged abuse or neglect of children and to track down missing kids in the foster care system. Rep. Brenda Dietrich, a Topeka Republican, said scrutiny by the...
  • Last year’s election outcome has significant impact on 2017 legislative session
    The impact of last August’s primary and the November election — when more than one-third of Kansas legislators were replaced — was apparent in votes throughout this year’s legislative session and profoundly evident last week in the rollback of signature fiscal policies backed by Gov. Sam Brownback. Topeka Reps. Brenda...
  • Kansas Lawmakers Work To Resolve Differences Between Budget Plans
    The Kansas House and Senate worked into the night Thursday on a state budget, just two days after voting to scuttle Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies amid a projected $900 million shortfall over the next two years. After hours of debate Thursday, 99 of the House’s 125 members approved their...
  • Legislators from Topeka slam governor’s Medicaid expansion veto at forum
    With the fate of Topeka’s St. Francis Health Center in doubt, members of Shawnee County’s legislative delegation spoke critically at a panel discussion Saturday about Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a proposal to expand Medicaid in Kansas. Kansas House members this past week voted 81-44 to override the move, falling...
  • Kansas House easily adopts K-12 school funding reform bill
    Two-thirds of the Kansas House voted to approve school-finance legislation Thursday praised for investing more state funding in K-12 public schools and denounced as insufficient to comply with the Kansas Constitution. The measure sent to the Senate would raise state aid by $180 million in the upcoming academic year and...
  • Kansas House easily adopts K-12 school funding reform bill
    Two-thirds of the Kansas House voted to approve school-finance legislation Thursday praised for investing more state funding in K-12 public schools and denounced as insufficient to comply with the Kansas Constitution. In the Shawnee County delegation, those voting for the House bill were Republican Reps. Brenda Dietrich and Fred Patton...
  • Brenda Dietrich Running for Legislature
    Former Auburn-Washburn superintendent Brenda Dietrich will pursue the Kansas House seat held by Republican Rep. Dick Jones, who said Friday he won’t seek re-election. Born in Colby and raised in McPherson, Dietrich, a Republican, retired from USD 437 last summer after 14 years at its helm. She said she places...
  • Dietrich to Run for Kansas House
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    Brenda Dietrich, a longtime resident of Southwest Topeka, filed today to run for the Kansas House of Representatives. She is seeking the 52nd House District seat. Dietrich, a lifelong Republican, said she wants to make sure the district has a voice of common sense in the Statehouse. "Southwest Topeka is...
  • ABWA Career Chapter to Honor Dr. Brenda Dietrich
    American Business Women’s Association Career Chapter of Topeka will recognize Dr. Brenda Dietrich as the 2015 Woman of Distinction at the 33rd Annual Woman of Distinction Scholarship Luncheon on March 10, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sunflower Ballroom in the Maner Conference Center. Dr. Dietrich has...