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Short week still packed with business

Hello once again from the State Capitol. We had a little shorter week with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was great to have the opportunity to visit with more 117th District folks as they were in Topeka to talk about concerns, issues or just to get acquainted. It's always great to be able to put a face with a name.

I was able to attend a State Watershed Association evening meeting. The 117th District is home to the Wet-Walnut Valley Watershed office in La Crosse and Pawnee watershed office at Horsethief Reservoir west of Jetmore. I had the opportunity to visit with Pawnee watershed director Teresa Reimer, board member Ron Pfenniger and Horsethief Reservoir manager Josh Hobbs. Wet-Walnut Watershed folks included manager Jeremiah Hobbs and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Brack and Mr. and Mrs. Don Witte.

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to get thoughts and updates from Farmers Cooperative representatives, including President Stan Stark, Johnny Dawley, Michael Keiser and Lance Nelson. Farmers Cooperative has branches in Haviland, Wilmore, and Medicine Lodge. It also was great to see former Jetmore resident Shane Eck, who now is Mid-Kansas Cooperative's Lindsborg location manager.

Wednesday was a busy day as I also visited with representatives from our Rural Telephone Association, including Golden Belt Manager Beau Rebel and board member Clyde Sutton. Todd Houseman of United Telephone Association also was among the Rural Telephone group.

On Thursday morning, Dr. Eddie Estes, president of Western Kansas Manufacturers Association, Dodge City, asked me to be on a legislative panel to give legislative update at the 13th annual Kansas Workforce Summit in Topeka.

It was good to visit Dodge City Community College friends Danny Gillum, Anthony Lyons, Rhonda Weil and Laura Kron. I also had the opportunity to see Barton Community College President Carl Heilman and met new Pratt Community College President Mike Calvert. Barton, Dodge City, Garden City and Pratt Community colleges all have parts of the 117th District in their service area. I know the partnerships our community colleges have with business, industries and citizens are vital to maintaining each of their missions.

Any constituents who have questions with the legislation or legislative procedure can call (800) 432-3924. State government questions also can be addressed, and the telephone lines are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brief messages also can be delivered to legislators, and you also can request bills, journals, calendars, voting records, committee agendas and legislative documents. Residents also can text questions to (785) 256-0733.

John Ewy is the House representative in the 117th District, including Ness and Rush counties.

john.ewy@house.ks.gov