by Melissa Brunner
Welcome back to Topeka, Kansas legislators! You have a lot on your plate, so all the best as you get right to work!
Among the big issues facing lawmakers this year - proposals to overhaul how Kansas schools are funded, how the state's Medicaid system works and shoring up the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. To be revealed laster this week - Gov. Brownback's plan to reform the state's tax code. Of course, there could be a plethora of other topics from abortion to gambling to child predators that might come up for debate as well.
This takes place against the backdrop of two other big issues - redistricting and an election year for state lawmakers. Every ten years, lawmakers must redraw the boundaries of state House and Senate, Congressional and State Board of Education districts to ensure each district represents roughly the same number of people. To the average person at home, it might amount to which names you'll see on the ballot this fall. But to representatives currently in the seats, they want to make sure a block of support in a certain community doesn't fall into someone else's hands.
What do you think? What issues do you want lawmakers to address over the next 90 days - and any predictions for how they'll turn out?