Kan. Lawmakers make trip for DHS security briefing

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 12:43 PM CST
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Lawmakers at the Kansas Statehouse have cancelled all Tuesday afternoon meetings for a security briefing from the Department of Homeland Security.

According to sources, speaker Ron Ryckman has cancelled all afternoon committee meetings so lawmakers can load a bus and be shuttled to Forbes Field inside the 190th Air Refueling Wing’s portion of the airfield.

A spokesperson for the Adjutant General's department says Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli presented the briefing at the request of Gov. Laura Kelly.

House members were given an overview of homeland security in Kansas, including information applicable to the security of the state and its citizens.

A lawmaker told 13 News the meeting focused on staying wary of best practices to avoid potential cyber security threats with a foreign country.

The Adjutant General spokesperson writes "understanding the nature of these issues will increase awareness and prevent potential security missteps."

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