Daily Archives: March 6, 2009

Under the dome next week

Here are some of the hearing scheduled in House and Senate committee meetings for next week. The list is preliminary and can change.

With four weeks left in the session, more of the action has shifted to debates on the House and Senate floor.

The House and Senate each publish daily calendars listing the hearings scheduled for the week and what bills might be debated in the chambers. The calendars are posted daily on the Kansas Legislature website.

March 9-13

Tuesday

House Health and Human Services, 1:30 p.m., room 531-N: testimony from supporters of SB 25, which would ban smoking in most public indoor spaces.

Wednesday

Senate Transportation, 8:30 a.m., room 136-N: hearing and possible vote on HB 2143, which creates a graduated driver’s license for teen drivers.

House Health and Human Services, 1:30 p.m., room 531-N: testimony from opponents of SB 25, which would ban smoking in most public indoor spaces.

Thursday

Senate Judiciary, 9:30 a.m., room 545-N: hear testimony on SB 279 which would increase the mandatory minimum jail time to10 years for people convicted of involuntary manslaughter while driving drunk.

Goodwin, Kinch tapped to help streamline state government

TOPEKA – The governor has named former state Sen. Greta Goodwin and former Rep. Elizabeth Kinch to look for ways to save money by closing some state facilities or changing the way they are used.

“To address the long term fiscal health of our state and the welfare of our citizens, we must ensure that government programs and facilities are maximized, ensuring our limited resources are used wisely,” Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said in the written announcement. Read More »

Wasinger to blog tour across the “Big First”

bigfamilyWhat better way to meet the folks of the expansive 1st Congressional District than a road trip?

Rob Wasinger, one of many Republican contenders to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran in Congress, is planning a 69-county trip across the “Big First.”

“I look forward to building upon the tremendous grassroots support my campaign has received and can’t wait to bring my positive message of prosperity to the heartland,” Wasinger wrote in the announcement.

Netizens can follow their trip via the “Big Family, Big First” blog that his wife Meghan Wasinger will write. The couple have nine children who will be riding along.

“I hope the local ice cream shops in the ‘Big First’ are ready for a surge in business from my family,” he wrote.

Wasinger started his career in politics working for Gov. Bill Graves and eventually became the chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who plans to run for Kansas governor in 2010.

Moran, a Republican and the district’s long-time congressman, has decided to run for U.S. Senate.

Three other Republicans have announced plans to run for congressional seat: state Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler; Fort Hays State University education instructor Sue Boldra; and Pratt businessman Tim Barker.