Mark's Musings - 2018 Legislative Session
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February 6, 2018 - Intense Debates, Informative Discussions

Issues important to you as citizens of Kansas recently have been front and center in the House and in committees on which I serve.

Allowing Concealed-Carry Reciprocity and Guns on Campus

Following intense but respectful debate and the addition of a few amendments, the House passed HB 2042 by a vote of 76-44. If passed by the Senate, the bill would provide reciprocity for concealed carry among states that have concealed-carry laws. In other words, Kansas would honor concealed-carry permits issued in other states.

Notably, the bill also would allow any person 18 years of age or older to carry a concealed handgun on the campus of a postsecondary institution, provided that such persons have valid permits and have completed specified training.

On Final Action, I voted no because I continue to believe that postsecondary institutions should be exempt from the concealed-carry law. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Expanding Broadband

Our economy is increasingly dependent on data transmission via broadband networks, and that dependency will grow as crucial business transactions and communication continue to migrate online

In response, those of us on the Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications committee will hear testimony on five bills related to rural broadband expansion. The bills propose how to make high-speed broadband available to more Kansans.

Those of us on the committee will continue to hear proposals about suggestions that will encourage the expansion. Hats off to the telecommunications companies that are educating legislators and working hard to provide solutions.

Funding the State Water Plan

In the Water and Environment committee, we heard a bill to raise fees paid by cities, industries and others that use surface water. The increased fees would help pay for a portion of the state water plan. Several opponents spoke against the plan; only one proponent spoke in favor of it. No action was taken.

Offering a Special Olympics License Plate

I had the privilege of introducing a bill to offer a specialty license plate for Special Olympics. For years, the legislature and many statehouse lobbyists have supported Special Olympics by hosting a Shrimp Peel the first day of the veto session. Money raised through the silent and live auctions during that event go directly to Kansas Special Olympics.

Seeing Kansas In the News

The House recently recognized the 50th year of operation for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), which is near Hutchinson.

I first met Ed Pavey, its current director, when we were members of the 1996 Leadership Kansas class. Congratulations on 50 years of important work, KLETC!  Great job, Ed!

Recognizing the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

The House also formally recognized passage of the Combatting Human Trafficking resolution.

At the podium speaking to the resolution are Rep. Blaine Finch (R – Ottawa) and my sister, Rep. Mary Martha Good (R – El Dorado).
Recognizing the Combatting Human Trafficking Resolution

And last but certainly not least, Jeff Colyer was sworn in as our 47th governor after Sam Brownback resigned to accept a diplomatic post in Washington, D.C.
At the swearing in of Gov. Jeff Colyer

The other legislators and I look forward to working with Gov. Colyer to address challenges facing our state, including a constitutional school funding system that makes sense.

You’re Invited

The first 2018 Legislative Dialogue, hosted by the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters, will be Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Sauder Alumni Center, 1500 Highland Street, Emporia. Doors open at 8 a.m. and dialogue with a panel of legislators — including me — begins at 8:30 a.m.

These dialogues always generate informative discussions, and are important opportunities for me to hear your concerns and thoughts in person. I hope to see you there.

Seeing and Hearing for Yourself

If you can’t make it to the Legislative Dialogue — or even if you can — you can learn more about what’s happening at the Kansas Statehouse by viewing recordings of daily legislative sessions and listening to audio live streaming in all committee rooms. Check the House calendar for a list of committee meetings.

Paging Participants

Do you know a child ages 12-16 who would be interested in serving as my Legislative Page for a day? If so, please contact my assistant, Deborah, 785-296-2721. Young students get to tour the Capitol and see the legislative process up close and personal.

Listening to You

I welcome and value your input and feedback — contact me any time. It’s an honor to represent you.

Contact Me

If you have questions about the activities in my committees or want to share your views on other issues before the legislature, please feel free to e-mail, text or call me. If you are visiting the Capitol, please stop by to say hello.
Representative Mark Schreiber
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1722 Yucca Lane
Emporia, KS   66801
Home: 620-342-6954
Cell: 785-230-0897
Legislative Office
Room 167-W, State Capitol Building
300 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS   66612
Phone: 785-296-2721

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Phone: 785-296-2721


1722 Yucca Lane
Emporia, Kansas 66801
Phone: 620-342-6954

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