Daily Archives: Feb. 11, 2010

Commissioner Parks loses appeal of speeding ticket



Sedgwick County commissioner Kelly Parks appealed a Wichita speeding ticket this morning but came out on the losing end.

Officer Stella Boyd testified that Parks told her “This is going to be on the front page of the paper tomorrow” when she stopped him driving 36 in a 25-mph zone on June 23.

Parks, a former Valley Center police chief, maintained that he was not guilty of speeding in a park — the specific citation  — because the section of West River Boulevard where he was stopped was not designated by the city as being part of the park system.

Assistant city attorney Mike Hoelscher said the list of streets was not meant to be all-inclusive and that most people regard that area, in Riverside, as a park. Hoelscher said Parks would have passed the 25 mph speed limit sign before he was stopped by police.

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House passes pay cut for lawmakers, cut for Medicaid

TOPEKA – The House easily passed a bill Thursday that would cut elected officials’ pay by 5 percent and Medicaid provider payments by 10 percent in the current budget.

Senate substitute for House Bill 2222 will eliminates about $92 million from the current budget, which ends June 30. It passed 113-7.

Rep. Mario Goico, R-Wichita, voted no on the bill. “I cannot vote to have my constituents suffer the unintended consequence of underfunding Medicaid,” he said. Read More »