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Dear Friend: 

We’re back in action at the Kansas State Capitol. It’s been a busy January, but I’m glad to be back in session working on your behalf. This year I’m assisted by Beryl Tenbrick and Thomas Ford. Beryl is my office assistant and is your first point of contact when you call or visit the office. She’s got the task of keeping my schedule straight and balancing the ever-changing appointments and meetings. I’m glad to have her on the team.

Contact Rep. Karleskint
At the Capitol:

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

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Leavenworth county native Thomas Ford is serving as my intern this year. Thomas grew up in Tonganoxie and attends school at KSU where he’s majoring in Philosophy Pre-Law. It’s great to have him learning about the legislative process and bringing his passion for research and law to the office. It should be a great year in the 512-N offices.

If you’re in the Capitol, make sure you stop by.

The VFW in Tonganoxie sponsors the Patriot’s Pen essay contest for local schools. I chair the committee and was pleased to honor some amazing writers:

Cecilia Ann Hunter, Olivia Cline. Josey Bartlett, Brianna Carroll-Pollard, Mason Davenport. and Trent Barne

Similarly, the VFW conducts a speaking competition. The student recognized this year was Logan Coy

Under the Dome Happenings
A New Governor
Having received confirmation to become the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, Governor Brownback departed Topeka on Wed., January 31, and Lt. Governor Colyer was sworn in as the 47th Kansas Governor. I’m looking forward to working with the new Governor as we strive to find meaningful ways to grow our economy and create quality jobs across the state.

Right to Life March
I was moved by the Right to Life event celebrated on the Capitol steps earlier in January. It was a cold day, but it didn’t stop a large crowd of pro-life legislators and fellow Kansans from gathering together in honor of the movement. If you’ve never attended the event, make sure it’s on your calendar next year (just be prepared to dress warm!).

Lansing Correctional Facility
After months of debate and uncertainty, the 150-year-old Lansing prison has received approval for demolition and rebuilding. The timeline for the work hasn’t been announced yet, but I’ll keep you apprised as the process moves forward. Some parts of the prison will remain and be remodeled, but other parts will undergo demolition. The current facility is in terrible condition and while building a prison is never the first choice, in this case it’s certainly something we couldn’t leave unaddressed much longer.

K-12 Education
There’s no question developing the K-12 school funding formula is the top issue of the legislative session. As a member of the K-12 Education budget committee I’ll be working with my colleagues each day to find solutions we can present to the Kansas Supreme Court as adequate and equitable measures that will meet the needs of our children. A study has been commissioned to assist us in our work, but those results will not be available until March 15.

My Daily Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m.     Federal and State Affairs Committee in room 346-S
  • 11:00 a.m.     House Session
  • 1:30 p.m.     K-12 Education Budget Committee in room 346-S
  • 3:30 p.m.     Agriculture Committee in room 582-N

Listen Live!
You can listen to legislative hearings through this link. For those wishing to watch the House Floor proceedings, follow along through our YouTube link.

I look forward to continuing our work together to bring accountability, transparency, and reality-based budgeting to the Kansas Legislature. Please do not hesitate to contact me about these or any other issues facing our state. I am grateful for the honor of representing your voice in Topeka. 

Thank you, 

Rep. Jim Karleskint
Serving rural Leavenworth & Douglas Counties
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