Legislative forum Saturday will feature NEJC legislators; PV Post, NEJC Chamber sponsoring public session at Sylvester Powell Community Center

Kansas-Statehouse

What just happened? You may still be trying to sort out the historic 2015 session of the Kansas Legislature. We’re here to help.

Legislators representing northeast Johnson County will participate in a legislative forum this Saturday, June 20, to give their take on the recently completed session and answer questions from the public.

The Prairie Village Post and the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the public meeting which will be held at the Sylvester Powell Community Center from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

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9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday

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Legislators who are scheduled to attend at this point are Sen. Kay Wolf, and Reps. Melissa Rooker, Stephanie Clayton and Jarrod Ousley.

The legislative session was not only the longest in Kansas history, but saw razor-thin margins to pass a revenue package which increased sales and cigarette taxes to balance the budget. The plan passed the House at 4 a.m. last Friday morning. Gov. Sam Brownback signed the budget and tax plans Tuesday and held a news conference in which he said the increased taxes do not count as a tax increase because they follow cuts in the income tax in 2012.

Several other controversial provisions, such as a cap on local governments’ abilities to raise taxes and a switch of local elections to the fall, were part of this year’s legislation. In other words, there is plenty to talk about on Saturday.

SM Health is the Legislative Sponsor for the NEJC Chamber.