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Frankfort Boys Highway Passes in Senate

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The Frankfort Boys World War II Memorial Highway is one signature away from becoming reality.  A bill naming a stretch of highway in Marshall County in honor of 37 Frankfort servicemen killed in World War II is on its way to the Governor Sam Brownback. The Kansas Senate Wednesday approved the bill naming a portion of K-99 Highway the “Frankfort ... Read More »

Frankfort Boys Memorial Highway Bill Moves Forward

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The proposed, “Frankfort Boys World War II Memorial Highway”, has moved one step closer to reality.  The memorial was the idea of former Frankfort area citizen and veteran Frank Benteman.  Benteman is a veteran of World War II.  Two of his brothers also served in Germany during the war.  Benteman testified before the Kansas House Transportation Committee Tuesday in support ... Read More »

Westar Warns Customers to Beware Calls

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Westar Energy customers should be on the alert for fraudulent callers claiming to be Westar Energy employees. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious calls. In most cases, the caller claims to be a Westar Energy customer service representative and tries to get the customer to provide credit card information or other personal information, telling ... Read More »

New 911-Emergency System Bill Signed into Law

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed Senate Bill-50 into law Wednesday – it will be a law Brownback says that will make it possible for emergency responders to invest in the technology they need to respond. The new law specifically addresses the state’s emergency 911-system and applies to all modes of service, including telephone, cell phones, voice over Internet Protocol, prepaid wireless ... Read More »

Representative Sharon Schwartz’s Newletter

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March 28, 2011 2011 Legislative Update – #11 Dear Friends, With the deadline for the full House to debate bills last Wednesday, floor action by the House reached a peak this week with the House spending long hours considering and passing over fifty bills. When the Legislature convenes, it will be the seventieth day of the session which is limited ... Read More »

Full House Set to Act on Tuition Bill

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The Kansas House of Representatives will take final action tomorrow on a bill that would repeal a state law allowing some illegal immigrants in Kansas to pay in-state tuition at public universities and colleges. The House passed the controversial bill 69-49 on an unrecorded vote today. Ever since the law was enacted in 2004, critics have argued it encourages illegal ... Read More »

Things to know if you can’t pay your gas or electric bill

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A rule preventing utility companies from disconnecting Kansas residents during extreme cold takes effect as the calendar turns to November. The cold weather rule is enforced by the Kansas Corporation Commission and runs from Monday through March 31. It prevents utilities from disconnecting natural gas or electric service for nonpayment when temperatures of 35 or lower are forecast for the ... Read More »

Direct crop payments may be in jepordy

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Jerry McReynolds, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a director of the Kansas Farm Bureau, said direct farm payments — annual payments based on historical crop yields — are a key piece in the safety net provided by the federal farm bill. In the western reaches of Kansas, the greatest limiting factor is a lack of rainfall, ... Read More »

Senator Taddiken’s Email

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Jeff,  Thanks for the e-mail. I supported the pipeline exemption when it was before the Senate a few years back.  It did not come to the Senate through the normal committee process but rather on the floor of the Senate as a motion to concur to House changes to a Senate bill. It was part of a comprehensive energy package ... Read More »

Personal Information Bill Scrapped

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Kansas is one of just 8 states in the country that grants access to personal information despite warnings against the practice by federal officials. A bill that would have required the Kansas Department of Corrections to stop granting inmates access to personally identifiable information as they perform contracted data entry and document scanning work for city, county and state government ... Read More »