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Steady stream of guests at Statehouse

Last week was another busy week at the Capitol. I again want to thank all of the constituents who called and left messages with my office assistant, Connie Ramage, or sent emails on your thoughts on issues. The issues included corporate farming, state employment issues, Kansas Common Core standards and collective bargaining issues. Many bills will wind up with amendments, and I do my best to vote with the majority of the constituents of the 117th District.

Now with the tax plans from Gov. Sam Brownback, the House and the Senate coming, we will be following those and other bills that the House and Senate conference committees will be working on.

On March 18, four pages and their sponsor, Jane Hokanson, from Bucklin schools, were at the Statehouse. They included Patricia Hokanson, Aston Imel, Rowdy Snook and James Stout. Wyatt Hessman of Spearville also joined this group.

Dr. Kelly Arnberger, superintendent of Bucklin schools, also brought four members of the Bucklin Forensics Class, including Cole Hailey, Madison Loschke, Darja Meskin and Allyson Rudd. The young people met with legislators from larger cities to discuss the unique qualities of rural Kansas schools and urge them to keep the small schools in mind when considering important issues impacting K-12 education.

Other guests included Jeanie Rucker of Burdett with Aerial Agriculture Sprayers and Jan Rider of Ness City, part of the Farm Bureau Master's Program taking part of legislative issues. She was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Slagle.

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Area Mental Health Center of Southwest Kansas and the Iroquois Center for Human Development of Greensburg.

Hunter Fitzpatrick, a Larned Middle School seventh-grader, accompanied by his mother, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, was able to get a picture taken with Gov. Brownback for recognition in winning the South Central Kansas Regional Essay contest. The essay was titled "If I Were Mayor."

Rep. John Ewy, R-Jetmore, represents the 117th District in the Kansas House. john.ewy@house.ks.gov