House Speaker Ron Ryckman and Senate President Susan Wagle have set committee assignments for the 2017 legislative session. Here’s where northeast Johnson County’s delegation will be spending their time:
Sen. Barbara Bollier (R): Commerce; Education; Public Health and Welfare. Bollier will be serving as the vice chair on the Public Health and Welfare Committee. Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka resident and pharmacist by training, will chair the committee. Bollier, a retired anesthesiologist, was kicked off the House Health and Human Services Comittee in 2015 by then-Speaker Ray Merrick along with two other moderates who also favored Medicaid expansion.
Rep. Stephanie Clayton (R): Commerce, Labor and Economic Development; Federal and State Affairs; Social Services Budget. Clayton will service as the vice chair of the Social Services Budget Committee. Wichita-area Rep. Brenda Landwehr will service as chair.
Rep. Jarrod Ousley (D): Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget; Children and Seniors; Education.
Rep. Melissa Rooker (R): Education; K-12 Budget; Federal and State Affairs. See our story from yesterday for more on Rooker’s return to the Education Committee after a two-year absence.
Rep. Jerry Stogsdill (D): Commerce, Labor and Economic Development; Veterans and Military; Education.