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Legislative Update from Representative Shannon Francis
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Newsletter - February 17, 2018


Had a great turn out for the Pancake Day Breakfast.  Greg Bird did a great job emceeing the program.


I want to thank Governor Colyer, Kansas Secretary of State Kobach, Commissioner of Insurance Ken Selzer, and State Senator Bud Estes for making the trip to Liberal for Pancake Day.  I had a great conversation with Governor Colyer about the issues facing Liberal and Southwest Kansas. Being from Hays, he is familiar with many of the issues we face.   Six of his staff members also made the trip. Many them had never been to Liberal.  It was great to show them our town at its best.  They toured the Pancake Day Museum and visited the American Legion “Canteen” during the race in addition to attending the breakfast.  Liberal is more than just a dot on the map to Topeka now.


Governor Colyer congratulates Gaby Covarrubias, 2018 International Pancake Day Race Winner and runner up, Sarahy Esquivel.  Gaby is a lifetime resident, LPN at Southwest Medical Center and a second year nursing student at Seward County Community College.


On February 15, 2018 Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society, for two year colleges honored the members of its Kansas All-State Academic Team.  Tina Fehr, majoring in Nursing and Emanuel Serrano, majoring in Sports Medicine, both from Liberal, were the recipients from Seward County Community College.  The team represents our state’s finest scholars.  They are chosen based upon academic achievement, leadership and service.  Seward County Community College Board of Trustee Member, Marvin Chance, Jr., this year’s  of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, is shown above recognizing the recipients.  Congratulations to Tina and Emanuel.


Carol, my wife, came up Tuesday for a few days.  She has been a great help.  She attended the Phi Theta Kappa luncheon while I attended a rural broadband meeting, a water committee meeting, and another meeting r transportation committee legislation.

Governor Colyer Names Lieutenant

On Tuesday, Governor Jeff Colyer announced Tracey Mann as Kansas’ 50th Lieutenant Governor at the Kansas.  Lt. Governor Mann is a fifth-generation Kansan from Quinter, Kansas, and earned a degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 2000.  He currently serves as the managing director and principal of Newmark Grubb Zimmer, a full service real estate company headquartered in Kansas City and is a board member of the City Teen Center in Salina.  Previously he served on the boards of directors for the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.  Mann, his wife, Audrey and their four children live in Salina.
 

Joint Meeting on Impact of Federal Tax Reform

On Wednesday, the House Taxation and Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee met jointly to hear about the impact of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed on December 22, 2017.  The Committee heard from Kathleen Smith and Michael Austin from the Department of Revenue and Jay Langley, on behalf of the Kansas Society of CPAs.  The Department of Revenue estimates that there could be a positive fiscal impact to the State of: $137.8 million for FY ’19; $179.9 million for FY ’20; and $187.7 million for FY ’21.  The Department and Langley summarized the changes affecting individual and business tax provisions and the effect on taxpayer liability.  They noted that the information provided is preliminary and for informational purposes.  The primary changes would be the result of more Kansans filing with standard deductions rather than itemizing deductions and the repatriation of profits by corporations from overseas operations.


“Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.” Elvis Presley
 

Constituent Services

Please reach out to me regarding issues with our state government that I can help with.  I do ask that you send the request to me by email. This insures that I get the information correctly to the agency we are working with.   Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Please contact me anytime. My email is: Shannon.francis@house.ks.gov.  Topeka Office Phone: (785) 296-7466 Office at the Capitol:  561W (fifth floor west wing) 300 SW 10th Ave., Topeka KS  66612.

Contact Shannon

At the Legislature

Room: 561-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

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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 Brownback
Constituent Services
800-748-4408

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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