As we enter our fourth week of the 2018 legislative session there is certainly an air of familiarity now, having completed my first term. On the surface there may not appear to be much going on yet, but behind the scenes there is an energy and urgency to move on many issues. School finance, mental health and addiction resources, transparency, ethics, government data security and a balanced budget – just to name a few!
For Republicans, there are two basic tenets for how we must lead: we must work within a balanced budget, and we must remember that local control is the most effective form of governance.
First and foremost, I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and are having a joyous and happy new year!
Today marks the first day of the 2018 legislative session! It is so great to see my friends and colleagues again, some who I haven't seen since the end of session last year! I am energized and enthusiastic as we begin to work to solve the issues facing Kansas.
Throughout session, I will provide regular updates to highlight Capitol happenings, such as what is occurring in the committees I am a part of and important bills being discussed on the floor. If you wish for me to go into further detail regarding a specific issue, please feel free to contact me for more information.
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities in the legislature and beyond.