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Legislative Update from Representative Shannon Francis
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Newsletter - January 30, 2022 

 

Legislature Approves Congressional Map


This week, both the Senate and House passed SB 355, the “Ad Astra 2” Congressional map. Ad Astra 2 is a product of the redistricting process that started with over 20 town hall meetings and reflects the review of 2020 Census data. 2020 Census data showed that district boundary lines had to be shifted to accommodate changes in population and ensure that each district has the same number of residents. For example, the First Congressional District in Western Kansas no longer has enough people in it, while the Third District in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties has too many. Congressional maps are governed by federal law and are required to have equal population in each congressional district. Ad Astra 2 meets this requirement.

A total of eight Congressional maps were brought to the House for consideration, but those amendments failed. Some maps extended the “Big First Congressional District” to the Missouri line and included much of SE Kansas. Another proposed map would have put SW Kansas in the same Congressional District as Wichita. The House voted 79-37 to advance Ad Astra 2 to the Governor for her consideration.

Later in the session we will be considering maps that will redraw State Senate, House, and State Board of Education districts. 
 

Our Community at the Capitol


As I mentioned last week this was a busy week for Liberal, Kismet and Seward County at the State Capitol.



The Liberal Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers in SW Kansas met with legislators from across the state.  Liberal had a great turn out. It was nice to visit with Mike Brack’s sister, Johnna Kendall, who lives in Topeka.


 We had a great turnout for Pancakes at the Capitol. You can tell Liberal is a special place when former residents like Greg and Alicia Bird drove up from Wichita to help. Ronna Stump, who recently moved to Topeka, also came by. This event, as always, is one of the Capitol’s most popular events. A special thanks to first time participants, Mayor Jeff Parsons and his wife Julie, and City Commissioner Jose Lara.
 


It’s always great to see Carolyn and David Quillin at the Capitol. They were up for a Farm Bureau meeting.
 

Happy Birthday, Kansas!


On Saturday, we celebrate Kansas Day and the 161st birthday of our state. To celebrate, there are festivities around our great state to honor Kansas on her birthday, including at the Kauffman Museum at Bethel College in Newton. The Smoky Hill Museum in Salina has a day of fun planned (Reservations are required). In Wichita, there will be a Sunflower Shindig at Lucinda’s.

Additionally, Kansas Tourism has launched a website, To the Stars, which is dedicated to honoring Kansas Day and our great state.  The site has merchandise with the new tourism campaign, including accessories and apparel.

The Kansas State Historical Society has created a webpage full of classroom resources, including a read-along for S is for Sunflower: A Kansas Alphabet. There are also videos on the KSHS’s YouTube Channel.

This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the Home on the Range cabin and song. The cabin was built on July 4, 1872. A celebration will be held July 2-4. 
 

Kansas Teacher of the Year Recognized


This week, a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees met to honor the 2022 Kansas Teacher of the Year recipient, Susanne Stevenson of Dodge City. Stevenson is a 4th grade teacher at Beeson Elementary. According to the Teacher of the Year release, “She has a love of working with bilingual and newcomer students. Her passion for equal opportunities and high standards of achievement for all students drove her to further her education so she could better serve the diverse populations of her community and school.”

The Teacher of the Year program awards excellent teaching at the elementary and secondary classrooms in our state. Stevenson was chosen from the regional finalists. The regional winners are:
  • Amber R. Carithers, secondary teacher at Hutchinson High School, USD 308
  • Natalie Johnson-Berry, secondary teacher at Shawnee Mission North High School, USD 512
  • Amanda S. Ketterling, elementary teacher at Bonner Springs Elementary School, Bonner Springs USD 204
  • Helen (Lisa) Martinez, secondary Spanish teacher at Seaman High School, Seaman USD 345
  • Megan L. O’Neill, 4th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, Ottawa USD 290
  • Kristin Salazar, secondary business and CTE teacher at Eisenhower High School, Goddard USD 265
  • Laurie Thisius, 4th grade teacher at Cheney Elementary School, Cheney USD 268
Additional information on the Kansas Teacher of the Year Program can be found here.
 

Pages


This year the page program is active again. My first pages are serving on February 14.

 
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” -Abraham Lincoln
 

Constituent Services

Thank you for the opportunity to continue serving working families in Seward County. Please reach out to me any time I can assist you with a state agency concern. I do ask that you send the request to me by email. This ensures that I get the information correctly to the agency we are working with.  You can reach me when I am in Topeka by email Shannon.francis@house.ks.gov, by phone (785) 296-7466, or by mail at 300 SW 10th Avenue, 274-W, Topeka, KS 66612

Contact Shannon

At the Legislature

Room: 274-W
State Capitol Building
300 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-7466
shannon.francis@house.ks.gov

At Home:

1501 Tucker Court
Liberal, Kansas 67901
Phone: 620-624-9571
sfran83384@aol.com

Useful Resources

State of Kansas Website

The Kansas Legislature

Legislative Bill Reports

Listen Live to Proceedings

Find a State Agency

Kansas Unclaimed Property

Current Road Conditions

National Do Not Call List

Kansas Charity Check

Useful Phone Numbers

Department On Aging
800-432-3535

Child/Adult Abuse Hotline
800-922-5330

Child & Family Services
888-369-4777

Consumer Protection
800-432-2310

Crime Tip Hotline
1-800-KSCRIME
(1-800-572-7463)

Crime Victims'
Information Referral
800-828-9745

Disability / Social
Security Fraud Hotline
800-269-0271

Edler Abuse Hotline
800-842-0078
Governor Laura Kelly
Constituent Services
785-368-8500

Highway Road Conditions
1-866-511-5638
In-State Dial 511

Housing Hotline
800-752-4422

KanCare Clearinghouse
800-792-4884

Kansas Lottery
800-544-9467

Legislative Hotline
800-432-3924

Mental Health Services
888-582-3759

National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255

School Safety Hotline
877-626-8203

Taxpayer Assistance
785-368-8222

Tax Refund Status
800-894-0318

Unclaimed Property
800-432-0386

Unemployment Insurance
800-292-6333

Voter Registration
800-262-8683

Welfare Fraud Hotline
800-432-3913

Workmans Compensation
800-332-0353

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