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Hold the eggs -- and issues -- until February

1/14/2013

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

The Hays Area Chamber of Commerce still plans to have three Eggs and Issues forums with local and area members of the Kansas Legislature. But the first one will be delayed, from January to February.

"It's not that we're not having it," said Tammy Wellbrock, executive director of the local chamber.

Wellbrock wanted to get as much publicity as possible for the forum, and with two new members of the Legislature who would speak, she didn't have time to get everything planned for a January event.

"I didn't feel it was appropriate to reach out to the upcoming representatives before they take office," Wellbrock said.

Delaying the first forum a few weeks might be a benefit, Wellbrock said.

"I think for the people who attend Eggs and Issues, what more can (the Legislators) say in two weeks' time," she said. "Hopefully, they can add more value (later), especially the two freshmen."

The freshman representatives are Sue Boldra, a Hays Republican representing the 111th District, and Palco Republican Travis Couture-Lovelady from the 110th District. Wellbrock also plans to have at the forum Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, a R-Grinnell, representing the 40th District.

Wellbrock still plans to have three Eggs and Issues this session, but the site will change -- at least for the first one, tentatively scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at Robbins Center on the Fort Hays State University campus.

"Typically, we do them at Sternberg museum," Wellbrock said. "But given the fact that we have new Legislators representing our area, I am anticipating a larger crowd."