State, county elected officials talk issues affecting cities at Prairie Village forum

Juliana Garcia - January 13, 2020 3:37 pm
The panelists, from left to right, were: Johnson County Commissioner Becky Fast, Johnson County Comission Chair Ed Eilert, Rep. Stephanie Clayton and Rep. Jerry Stogsdill.

The city of Prairie Village last week held a legislative forum to discuss city issues and interests at the state level ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which begins this week.

Four panelists — Johnson County Commission Chair Ed Eilert, Johnson County District 1 Commissioner Becky Fast, Rep. Stephanie Clayton and Rep. Jerry Stogsdill — answered questions prepared by the city. Mayor Eric Mikkelson said the city’s interests are more pertinent than ever before, and the city council recently passed a 2020 legislative platform.

“The city of Prairie Village has historically done a legislative platform,”  Mikkelson said. “We do have interests in Topeka, as do most cities, but particularly over the last few years, some of those have taken on new urgency.”

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An audience member asks a question at Prairie Village’s 2020 legislative forum.

Panelists discussed a variety of topics, from top legislative issues at the county and state levels that could have a direct impact on Prairie Village to what the county and state legislature are doing to address the dark story theory. Additionally, audience members posed a range of questions from solar panel issues to gun reform at the end of the forum.

A livestream video, recorded by the Shawnee Mission Post, is available below. Issues discussed and their timestamps on the video are as follows:

  • At 6:35, the top legislative issues heading into 2020
  • At 16:37, actions taken to address dark store theory
  • At 28:24, environmental sustainability policies at the county and state level
  • At 39:18, the possibility of a non-discrimination ordinance at the county or state level
  • At 46:34, restoring ad valorum tax revenues to cities
  • At 49:52, thoughts on tax lid bill, putting property tax increases out to public vote

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