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Communities of the
25th District

Fairway
Mission
Mission Hills
Mission Woods
Prairie Village
Roeland Park
Westwood
Westwood Hills

CONTACT MELISSA

In Topeka: 
State Capitol Room 352-A
Topeka, KS 66612
melissa.rooker@house.ks.gov
785-296-7686

At home in Fairway
4124 Brookridge Drive
Fairway, KS 66205
melissa@melissarooker.com
913-961-1555

Dear Friend:

Election season starting to heat up. I am hosting an official campaign kick-off next week. Please stop by for a few minutes – I would love to see you!
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Sylvester Powell Community Center 
6200 Martway
Mission KS. 66202
 
RSVP appreciated but not required
melissa@melissarooker.com
 
If you are unable to attend, or would like to be more involved, there are a variety of ways to help my campaign. We can always use volunteers in the following ways: 
  • Host a neighborhood coffee. Please email me so we can set a date. These are a terrific way to meet people in comfortable groups for good conversation. 
  • Join me knocking doors. This is the single most effective way to connect with voters. 
  • Host a yard sign in your yard. Simply email me and the campaign will deliver a sign and pick it up when done. All you need to do is give permission.
Please consider a donation to my campaign. There are two easy ways to contribute. To make an online donation, visit melissarooker.com or you are welcome to send checks to:
 
Melissa Rooker for State Representative
4124 Brookridge Drive 
Fairway, 66205
Summer Update

Summer started off on a joyous note, as we celebrated my son Jack’s graduation from KU in May. I visited my daughter and her family in Phoenix, attended my cousin’s bridal shower in Chicago and reconnected with family & friends locally after a long, difficult session in Topeka. It was all a terrific way to recharge my batteries and prepare for the election cycle. 

Since then, I have been busy with the duties of office, attending district events, helping constituents with casework requests, and continuing work on a variety of legislative projects:
  • Addressed the Kansas School Counselor Association
  • Attended oral arguments in the Gannon school finance case at the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Participated in the Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority board meeting to approve budgets for the campuses in the research triangle (K-State Olathe, KU Edwards campus and KU Med Center)
  • Sat on the panels for legislative wrap-up conversations hosted in May by the Johnson County Public Policy Council and in June by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Attended ribbon cuttings for the new KU Indian Creek campus
  • Attended the KASB Summer Advocacy workshop
I recently attended the Greater KC Chamber legislative wrap-up lunch. It was good to see colleagues and hear from Senate Vice-President Longbine, Speaker Ryckman & Minority Leader Ward.
At the KC Medical Society’s summer social, discussing how doctors and elected officials can better work together.
 
Welcoming Dr. Nicholas Bell and his team at Village Modern Dentistry to the NEJC Chamber.
I had the pleasure of participating in MainStream Coalition’s Walk the Vote event with several other Johnson County legislators.
On Wednesday, I was in Topeka for the interim meeting of the Legislative Post Audit committee for the presentation of an audit I co-sponsored on Kansas wildfire management readiness. I serve on the Kansas Forest Service Advisory Council and this audit was one of our key objectives in the wake of two rounds of devastating wildfires in 2016 and 2017. Since then, we have entered into a forest service reciprocal aid compact with 14 other states which has already proven helpful in this year’s fire season. As expected, the Legislative Post Audit report identified a serious lack of coordination among the three separate agencies with fire suppression responsibilities. In addition the overall lack of funding prevents the state from effectively meeting the needs of Kansas in fighting fires. The first sentence of the audit says it all: 
 
"Kansas’ wildfire suppression system is not adequately designed and resourced to effectively suppress wildfires based on best practices and a sample of other states." 

I will be working with a group of my colleagues to prepare a gameplan for the 2019 session so that we can address the recommendations made in the report. I am confident we can help improve preparedness by providing stronger resources and helping smooth out structural problems within the system. The following news outlets reported on the audit: 
Wichita Eagle: Topeka Capital-Journal: Scorching audit describes Kansas wildfire response system as fractured, poorly financed

School Finance Update
On the school finance front, there is no news to report just yet. Keep in mind the court indicated in the October 2 Gannon decision that it would determine the constitutionality of the new bill by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. It is important to remember our new funding plan is scheduled to go into effect on July 1. Traditionally, Supreme Court rulings are posted on Friday mornings, though not always, and since we did not receive the decision today, the last Friday of the fiscal year is next Friday, June 29 (it’s also my birthday). That would make for quite a birthday surprise!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments or concerns regarding the issues facing our community and our state. It is my honor to serve and represent you in Topeka. 

Sincerely,

Rep. Melissa Rooker
Kansas State Representative, District 25
Serving Northeast Johnson County
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