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Dear Friend: 

January 14th marked the first day of the new legislative session. Members of the House were sworn in at 2:00 p.m. by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Lawton Nuss. Members were called forward in blocks of ten and took our oaths of office.
 
We have been in session 10 days and as of Friday, January 25th, the House has generated 85 bills, while the Senate has generated 47 bills. We receive a report each week that records all of the Senate and House actions including a listing of the bills, which committee is working on this particular bill, and a sentence summarizing the bill’s purpose.


New Office
Please stop by my office at any time if you are in the Capital. My new office this year is 268W. I have committee meetings everyday at 9:00 a.m. (Federal & State Affairs), 1:30 p.m. (Education), and 3:30 p.m. (Agriculture). The House gavels in at 11:00 a.m.

Contact Rep. Karleskint
At the Capitol:

785-296-7683
300 SW 10th, Room 512-N
Topeka, KS 66612

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Legislative Intern
We always need as much help as we can get during session, especially on special projects and following bills through the committee process. This year, I was fortunate to secure an intern from Kansas State University who will be with me on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you should stop by on those days, I will introduce you to Nathan Bothwell from Tonganoxie who is a sophomore at K-State majoring in Political Science. Nathan is the son of Jim & Becky Bothwell of Tonganoxie.

State of the State
Governor Laura Kelly gave the annual State of the State address to the Legislature on January 16th. She outlined her budget priorities for the year and presented her budget to a Joint Committee on House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means. The Governor’s Budget recommendations can be found online at
https://budget.kansas.gov/.
 
Legislative Survey
On January 14 Legislative Surveys were sent to constituents of the 42nd District. If you have not returned the survey, please do as soon as you can. In the next newsletter I will provide you with the results.
 
Visitors
It was my pleasure to visit with a delegation from The City of Eudora this past week. The group shared with me the concerns they have for legislation affecting the Eudora. Those to visit were: Tim Bruce, Tim Reazin, Barack Matite, Amie Young, and Leslie Herring.

 
Back Home
 Many of you know I’m a member of VFW Post 9271 in Tonganoxie. I also chair the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy contest sponsored by the local Post. On Wednesday, January 23rd the winners of the 2018 contest were recognized.

Patriots Pen winners were:
1st Place Cecilia Hunter                     
2nd Place Gabriel Atlenhofen             
3rd Place Keira Beverly                       
Honorable Mention Cale Andersen     
Honorable Mention Daniel Dorsey       
Honorable Mention Remi Baldock  
 


Voice of Democracy winners were:
1st Place Merkaia Khanthaboury
2nd Place Jake Edholm               
3rd Place Anna Edmonds.           
 

That’s all for this update. Please do not hesitate to contact me about these or other legislative issues. It is an honor to serve you.

Thank you, 

Rep. Jim Karleskint
Serving rural Leavenworth & Douglas Counties
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