News Updates from Jan

Kansas finally has official rock, mineral and gem, thanks to Overland Park 4th-grader
5 Apr 2018 at 5:31pm

An Overland Park fourth-grader's dream came true, as limestone is now officially the state rock of Kansas. And galena is the state mineral. And jelinite is the state gemstone. And, because why not, the channel catfish is the state fish. "It's exciting," Casey Friend, a student at Trailwood Elementary School, said Thursday. Last month he lobbied in Topeka in favor of n...


If Kansas legalizes sports betting, NBA and MLB eager to have a say in how
4 Apr 2018 at 5:21pm

Kansas lawmakers are considering whether to let you legally bet on sports by walking into a casino or using your phone. The National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball both want a say in how it would happen. House Bill 2792 would allow the Kansas Lottery to offer sports betting at state-owned casinos and on the internet.  Kansas is not the only state try...


Capitol Update: Kessinger says legislature is ‘headed in the right direction’ on b...
26 Mar 2018 at 7:37pm

Here’s Rep. Kessinger’s filing:   The legislature is in crunch time. Most committee work is complete and full committee work will be done by Thursday this week. Needless to say, K-12 education funding impacts everything...


Capitol Update: Timeline for creating K-12 formula is ‘pretty much in reverse logi...
12 Feb 2018 at 4:29pm

Each legislative session, we provide the Shawnee Mission area’s elected officials with the chance to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Cindy Holscher, Rep. Jan Kessinger and Sen. Pat Pettey are scheduled to send updates this week. Here’s Rep. Kessinger’s filing: "The legislature is kicking into gear as the final day for committee b...


Kansas Legislature moves more toward the middle in Tuesday election
9 Nov 2016 at 5:35pm
The Kansas Legislature’s pull toward the center continued on election night, Newcomers in Johnson County, including Jan Kessinger in the House and John Skubal in the Senate, cruised to easy victories. Both were Republican moderates who pulled upsets over conservative opponents in the August primary.

Education, economic issues draw challenger into the 20th District race for Kansas ...
20 Jul 2016 at 5:30pm
Incumbent Rep. Rob Bruchman faces a challenge from Jan Kessinger in the District 20 Republican primary. The winner will face Democrat Christopher McQueeny in the general election. Kessinger said that instead of complaining about the problems he saw in the state, he decided to challenge them. Kansas is spiraling into debt, Kessinger said, and hurting education in the pro...