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Legislative season starts on busy tone

We have just completed our first week in the legislative session in Topeka. It was a busy first week; however, we have gotten much accomplished. My committee assignments for this session include Federal and State Committee, Education Committee, Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and Tribal Relations.

I would like this opportunity to thank a few constituents who were able to stop by my office for a visit during this past week and also to all those who gave me a phone call concerned with issues. The visitors included Barton Community College Board of Trustee members Leonard Bunsel Meyer, Don Learned and Brett Middleton. (As a side note, the 117th District counties are served by Barton Community College, Dodge City Community College, Garden City Community College and Pratt Community College). I am extremely proud of our community colleges and their mission.

Our other visitor included Teresa Reimer, Pawnee Watershed District manager and a member of the Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership Class. Reimer was able to shadow me for most of the day, including some meetings and the day's session. I also had a chance to visit with Jetmore native Amanda Stairrett, who is a photojournalist at Fort Riley. At Gov. Sam Brownback's State of the State on Wednesday, we honored two soldiers stationed at Fort Riley who had been wounded while serving overseas. On Friday, Dr. Alan Snograss of Jetmore visited with us at the capitol.

I attended a Kansas Department of Commerce Workshop on available assistance to businesses and organizations (both profit and non-profit) and communities. The workshop was put on by Dodge City native and Secretary of Commerce Pat George and his staff. They are sincere about helping grow the Kansas economy. Contact their office in Topeka at (785) 296-3487 to receive one of their informative booklets. Their website is www.kansas commerce.com.

In an Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee meeting, Kansas State University at Salina presented some research on small remote-controlled unmanned aircraft systems designed for agricultural use. You can visit www.salina.k-state.edu for additional information on their study and research.

Since I am on the Education Committee, I would like to mention the website for the Kansas Department of Education. You will find useful information at www.KSDE.org. The Kansas State Library in Topeka, which also works closely with our community and school libraries, has much information to help constituents gather information. Its phone number is (800) 432-3924 and website is www.kslib.info.

I always want to remind constituents they can follow legislative activities and set information on various legislation within the Kansas Legislative Research at kslegislature.org/KLRD. It can be useful in helping acquire information.

As always, my contact information office phone number while in Topeka is (785) 296-7105 and email is john.ewy@house.ks.gov.

Please keep me in your prayers as I work to serve the citizens of the 117th District. May God Bless all of you.

John Ewy is the House representative in the 117th District, including

Ness and Rush counties.