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  • 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...
  • 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...