Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker.
Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker.

Metsker offers testimony on number of close elections in Johnson County in support of senate bill intended to close “loophole” that allows some to vote without proof of citizenship. Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker was among those who testified in support of Senate Bill 37 at a hearing in Topeka on the proposed law that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says would close a “loophole” that allows some people to vote without proof of citizenship if they’ve registered to vote through the department of motor vehicles. Metsker said he supported the bill because Johnson County has had hundreds of races over the past decade that have been decided by 50 or fewer votes. “Every single vote counts,” Metsker said. “We must take special care to be good stewards of our election process and maintain the integrity and authenticity of the entire process.” You can find copy of his full remarks here. The bill meet stiff opposition from groups of civil rights advocates and attorneys who packed the hearing room.

Johnson County launches new phone service to simplify access to health and human services agencies. Johnson County Government recently launched a new phone system designed to make it easier for residents to access the county’s health and human services agencies. The program, called OneAssist, will provide callers with connection to the county’ health and environment, human services, mental health and the developmental supports agencies. The OneAssist number is 913-715-8989. [County improves access to health and human services — Johnson County Government]

Mission Woods Mayor’s aunt turns 109. Shawnee resident Ruth Brown, who happens to be the aunt of Mission Woods Mayor Robert Tietze, turned 109 years old last week. [Shawnee woman turns ‘109 years young’ — Shawnee Dispatch]

Shawnee Mission East students’ “wear black” campaign continues months after launch. KCTV this week profiled the group of Shawnee Mission East students who launched a social media campaign to counter sexual assault after a classmate was assaulted in a school bathroom. [Five months after sexual assault at SM East, “Wear Black” campaign spread — KCTV]