First Legislative Dialogue of 2019 held Saturday Featured

Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine and Representative Mark Schreiber begin the first legislative dialogue of 2019. Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine and Representative Mark Schreiber begin the first legislative dialogue of 2019. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The Sauder Alumni Center was the host of Emporia's first legislative dialogue of the year Saturday courtesy of the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce Government Matters Committee and the League of Women Voters.

Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine and Representative Mark Schreiber of Emporia were both in attendance to answer the questions of constituents and update them on current different topics of note in Topeka. With four weeks now gone since the start of the current legislative session, Longbine and Schreiber both tell KVOE News things are moving a bit slower than in previous years.

However, Longbine feels this is not unnatural with a new Governor and administration coming in.

 

A major topic of discussion continues to be education funding. Last year the legislature proposed a plan for that topic which the Supreme Court stated needed more money to be adequate and fair for all students.

Longbine says he is hopeful within the next few weeks they may see a bill come out of committee and reach the floor where a resolution could be made. Schreiber says he is also hopeful a resolution will be reached soon as he feels it is time to put the matter to bed.

 

Recently Senate Bill 22 gained approval and has moved from the Senate and is now on its way to the house. The bill would essentially clear a path for corporations and individuals to avoid $190 million in state income taxes.

Longbine says he feels there are a lot of misunderstandings on exactly what the bill does.

 

Schreiber says he is interested to hear more about the bill and take a closer look at the numbers associated with it.

Both Schreiber and Longbine agree the next several weeks are going to be busy with discussions continuing on education funding as well as other topics including transportation and foster care.

Representatives Ron Highland and Eric Smith were both invited to the dialogue but were unable to attend.

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