By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Absent objection from the Legislature, the state's wildlife agency soon will become the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

That would make it KDWP&T.

In a ceremony Wednesday at the historic Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, Gov. Sam Brownback signed the executive order.

That order would move Travel and Tourism out of the Department of Commerce into the state's wildlife agency.

The move isn't a surprise as it was announced earlier when Brownback released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins July 1.

The order also creates assistant secretaries within the agency, much like there is now.

One would supervise wildlife, fishing and boating, and the second would supervise parks and tourism.

The executive order abolishes the existing position of assistant secretary for operations.

The assistant secretaries would continue to operate at the pleasure of the secretary, currently Robin Jennison, a native of Healy.

The existing employees of the Travel and Tourism bureau will be transferred over to KDWP on July 1, unless either the Senate or House objects.

Where the new bureau will be located is not known.

Jennison could not be reached for comment Thursday.