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Dear Friend: 

Special Legislative Session
Thursday the legislature will be back in session to again try to resolve the Gannon lawsuit school funding equity case. HB 2655 was our first attempt at a constitutional solution and I voted YES, both to get the bill to the Supreme Court for evaluation and to maintain funding for SMSD. After reading the Supreme Court’s opinion, I can see why the bill did not meet constitutional muster and believe that now I understand what it will take to do so. Tragically, it appears that the Governor and many of my legislative colleagues have a desire to politicize this issue rather than focus on a quick fix. Our children and our teachers deserve to know that Kansas holds education as its number one priority and we should move forward quickly and deliberately to satisfy the constitutional needs of this state.

My choice for a solution is to reinstate the original Local Option Budget Formula that was eliminated when block grants were put into place. The state should provide additional money to hold schools harmless so they can receive the amount they were promised under the block grants. And that should be all: no other policy, no other attempts to subvert the courts, nothing else, period. However, if leadership would agree to review and change our income tax policy, we do have a fiscal crisis and it does need to be dealt with. But the likelihood of that happening with the current leadership is probably zero.

Thursday and Friday should be adequate time to craft and pass a solution. However, rumor has it that this special session will be dragged out through the next week. I certainly hope not and would see that as a terrible misuse of taxpayer money. On a personal note, my son Bobby will be swimming at Olympic Trials in Omaha that week, and I will be there to watch him. I will drive back to Topeka for a final action vote if things are not completed by the end of this week.


Upcoming Election
As mentioned in my last newsletter, I am now running for the District 7 Senate seat. Many constituents have been asking me who I am supporting to fill my House seat in District 21. I have endorsed Dorothy Hughes and am thrilled to be able to support such a bright, articulate, and committed candidate. You can find out more about her at www.hughesforkansas.com

There is no primary race for Senate in District 7, but my name will be on the ballot. Feel free to contact me at barbarabollier@gmail.com with any questions about the election.
Voting Information
All of you are encouraged to check your voter registration status as soon as possible. Over 17,000 Kansans have been put on the “suspended” list by our attorney general, so it is best to confirm now that you are eligible to vote. Go to www.sos.ks.gov, click on Registration and Voting, then Search Your Voter Information. Enter the data requested and that should do it.        

We are encouraging everyone to vote by mail this election cycle. Here is a link to request a ballot. http://www.sos.ks.gov/elections/elections_registration_voting.html. You may also go to my website,
www.barbarabollier.com for a link. Know that as soon as your ballot is received at the election office the political postcards will quit coming to your home. THAT is great reason to vote by mail!!  If you have any questions or problems, PLEASE contact me for help.

Mail-in ballots will be sent out July 13th. Early voting sites will open July 18th and include the following: 

Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 
Monday - Friday, July 18 - 22 & July 25 - July 29, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday - July 23 & July 30 - 9 a.m., 3 p.m.
Closed Monday August 1

Johnson County Northeast Offices
6000 Lamar, Mission, KS 
Monday - Friday, July 18 - 22 & July 25 - July 29, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday - July 23 & July 30 - 9 a.m., 3 p.m.
Closed Monday August 1

Johnson County Election Office
2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 
Monday - Friday, July 18 - 22 & July 25 - July 29, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday - July 23 & July 30 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday - August 1- 8 a.m. - 12 Noon

The Primary election will be August 2nd.  You may notice this year that there is more than one candidate for precinct committee man and woman. Those individuals will represent YOU with their vote if there is an unplanned vacancy for a state Senator or Representative, thus requiring a special election. Originally that is how I was elected. Knowing the politics of those individuals can be critically important so please take the time to know who you are voting for.

It continues to be a great privilege to serve as your Representative. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at
barbarabollier@gmail.com. You can also follow my FB page for up to date articles about politics in Kansas (Representative Barbara Bollier).
Respectfully,

Rep. Barbara Bollier
Kansas State Representative, District 21
Candidate, Kansas Senate 7
Serving Northeast Johnson County
Copyright © 2016 Bollier for State Representative, Linda Manco, Treasurer, All rights reserved.


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