Briefly Noted: Rep. Davids advocates for KC-area infrastructure needs

Leah Wankum - July 17, 2019 7:15 am
Sharice Davids
Rep. Sharice Davids toured the KC Air Traffic Control Center. Photo credit Rep. Davids’ office.

Rep. Davids advocates for Kansas City-area infrastructure needs, brings House Transportation and Infrastructure Leadership to Kansas Third District. Rep. Sharice Davids advocated for Kansas City-area infrastructure needs during a Third District visit from Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) last weekend. Davids is also a member of the Committee and Vice Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee. “I’m proud to be the first member from Kansas on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in nearly a decade, especially given the Kansas City Metro area’s strategic position in our country’s heartland as a major transportation hub,” Davids said. “In order to best represent our region, I have to ensure the Committee is in tune with the needs here. That’s why I was glad to bring Chairmen DeFazio and Larsen to Kansas this weekend to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the Third District, like the need to expand U.S. 69.” The members of Congress toured U.S. 69 with Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz, Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach and members of the Overland Park City Chamber of Commerce. The delegation viewed congestion on the highway, a major safety concern and hindrance to the economic growth of the region. Following the tour, the delegation met with local stakeholders from across the Third District to discuss how the federal government can better support Kansas City-area infrastructure. Davids and Larsen also toured the Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center in Olathe to hear directly from employees there about the aviation work they are doing.

Merriam amends city code related to public consumption of alcohol to match state law. The Merriam council on June 24 amended its city code related to public consumption of alcohol in order to match a new law recently passed by the Kansas Legislature. The new law, which took effect May 2, allows public venues, hotels, drinking establishments and caterers to extend their licensed premises of consumption of alcoholic liquor into the public space, such as a street, alley or sidewalk, for an event if the event is approved by ordinance by the city council. Temporary permit holders must mark the boundary of the premises and may only sell alcoholic liquor that is dispensed from original containers. The new law also allows individuals to carry an original container of alcoholic liquor onto an event premises if the temporary permit holder allows it.

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