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Legislative Update from Representative Shannon Francis
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Newsletter - January 21, 2018

The first two weeks of the session have been very busy.  I enjoyed visiting with Don and Vicky Brunkhardt, who were in town at a conference for their business DV Enterprises. 

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Seward County Community College was at the Capitol for Higher Education Day and meetings with the Board of Regents..

Chairman House Rural Caucus

The House Rural Caucus is comprised of all legislators from Rural Kansas to protect and grow the citizens and businesses of rural Kansas.  I was honored to be chosen as Chairman by my colleagues.  This year I plan on hearings regarding Rural Broadband, Telemedicine, the Kansas Ag Economy, and Nursing Homes.
 
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I really enjoyed the opportunity I had to talk with State Officers of DECA.

Transportation Committee

As Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee, I was selected to be a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee for Natural Resources and Infrastructure. One of the primary focuses of this committee is transportation and I attended several meetings on technology affecting future highway design and funding options for highways with public private partnerships.
 
Autonomous vehicles are closer to reality than commonly thought.  With that in mind, I sponsored two days of presentations at the Capitol on autonomous vehicles. Presenters included national experts on technology, insurance, consumer acceptance and trucking.  Also, NHTSA, Kansas Department of Transportation, Department of Revenue and the Highway Patrol presented.  Below are some slides regarding terminology and projected future implementation.  Over 35,000 Americans die every year on our highways and over 90% of those deaths are attributed to driver error.  This technology is estimated to reduce those deaths by 95%.  It will also allow new modes of transportation for elderly and handicapped citizens.

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Governor's Budget Proposal

Per the Governor’s budget, found here, the state’s fiscal health begins to decline in 2020.  Below is the updated SGF Profile for FY 2016 – FY 2022 with the Governor’s budget recommendations included.  If the current course is maintained, cuts upward of $300 million must occur annually.  This profile assumes that the highway fund transfers are to remain in place as is as well.  Additionally, FY 19 only balances with the assumption that the state skips one of its KPERS payments of $194 million.

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State of the Judiciary Address

On Wednesday afternoon, Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss addressed the Legislature.  He reiterated the need to increase funding for the judicial branch and touched on other points he had stressed during the previous State of the Judiciary.  In the Judiciary’s budget, they requested enhancements of $19.6 million—that request was not included in the Governor’s budget.  This includes a request to construct two new Court of Appeals judicial suites and to improve judges and support staff salaries.  The Chief Justice also outlined the benefits of e-filing and their long-term eCourt plan, which was first conceived in 2011 and has improved case processing and operational efficiency for the branch.

For the full transcript of the address, click here: http://www.kscourts.org/court-administration/State-of-Judiciary/State-of-Judiciary-2018.pdf
For the full video of the address, click here: https://youtu.be/53AgJGTY6bM?t=1371

Pages

The Page program is designed for students in middle school, junior high or the first years of high school. Working as a page in the Kansas Legislature is an excellent way to learn more about the legislative process. The open dates I have for pages are Monday, January 29 and Monday February 19.  This opportunity is available for all middle and high school students in the 125th District.  Call Lisa Davis (785) 296-7466 to secure a slot.  Each Representative is allowed 10 pages a year.


“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today” – Abraham Lincoln


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 Avenue, 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

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 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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