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  • Candidates for Kansas House share life experiences, policy views at forum
    Local candidates in contested Kansas House races shared formative experiences that have shaped who they are during a forum Tuesday hosted by Tim Carpenter, Statehouse bureau chief for The Topeka Capital-Journal. For Brenda Dietrich, Republican incumbent in the 52nd district, that moment came when she was chosen as superintendent of...
  • Kansas House — 52nd District: Brenda Dietrich
    I am seeking a second term as State Representative for the same reasons I ran in 2016. I ran to get our state back on the right track by restoring stability to the state budget and adequately funding essential services. Everyone I talked to was concerned about public safety, education,...
  • Attorney general, plaintiffs’ lawyers clash on constitutionality of $525M school-finance law
    Attorney General Derek Schmidt submitted to the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday a written brief defending features of a new $525 million, five-year law adopted to fix equity and adequacy flaws in state aid to public school districts that violated the Kansas Constitution. Rep. Brenda Dietrich, a Topeka Republican who...
  • Kansas legislators volunteer at Topeka Rescue Mission’s boutique
    A group of freshman Kansas legislators took time Wednesday to do some spring cleaning for the Topeka Rescue Mission before returning Thursday for the veto session. Rep. Brenda Dietrich, a Topeka Republican, said volunteering together brings a sense of camaraderie. “We just really enjoy doing it,” she said. Dietrich said...
  • ‘It’s kind of a swampy mess’: Kansas GOP divisions show on constitutional amendment
     With just minutes to go Saturday night for a critical vote on a school finance fix, the Statehouse was in disarray. Conservatives in the Senate were giving bitter speeches decrying the funding plan while others desperately pushed to pass it. At stake was a funding increase for the state's K-12...
  • Topeka House member finds Goldilocks moment in school-finance debate
    Topeka Rep. Fred Patton closed debate on the K-12 school finance bill Monday by urging legislators to recognize the effort of a House budget committee and pass the measure allocating $500 million to education over the course of the next five years. Another Topeka Republican, Rep. Brenda Dietrich, said she...
  • Honoring Women in Public Office
    Last Monday, the Kansas House recognized March 19 as Celebrating Women in Public Office Day. This resolution serves to inspire other women to serve in their communities. The House also recognized Michelle De La Isla, mayor of Topeka. Ms. De La Isla is the city’s first Hispanic Mayor. Below is...
  • Kansas lawmakers to vote on school safety legislation
    After multiple school shootings across the county, the Kansas House is expected to vote on school safety legislation next week. "So what we can do right now is look at our physical infrastructure. Doors, windows, secure entries, cameras training. Those are things we can implement now,” says State Rep. Brenda...
  • Kansas House GOP’s school-safety plan features $5 million for security upgrades
    The House Republican leadership offered an outline Tuesday of a school-safety proposal that includes $5 million for infrastructure upgrades, development of statewide security standards and authorization of firearm courses for students in kindergarten through high school. The funding would be allocated by the Legislature to the Kansas State Board of...
  • Kansas Republicans Offer Plan-In-Process For School Security
    Republicans in the Kansas House on Tuesday unveiled a plan they say will make schools safer. Really more of a plan to get a plan, it calls for the Kansas State Department of Education and state emergency response and law enforcement agencies to develop statewide standards for “safe and secure...