Kansas Legislature Prepares for First Session of 2017

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
January 03, 2017

In the 2017 Kansas legislature, 55 new state senators and representatives are preparing for next week’s session. McPherson’s Mayor Tom Brown recently spoke with local House Representative Les Mason and State Senator Rick Wilborn about the effect the new members will have, speaking on their behalf at this morning’s city commission meeting.

“It will take a few issues to be voted on to find out where the consensus really lies in the legislature when it starts next week,”said Mayor Brown.

He continued, saying that a big topic of discussion for the upcoming state legislative sessions will be addressing the state’s financial structure.

“And where is the willingness to make a change?”Mayor Brown asked, posing the question on the minds of everyone wondering how this year’s legislative sessions will handle the state’s budget shortfalls.

Mayor Brown seemed to agree in his recent conversation with Wilborn and Mason that a lot will depend on how well the new members work with the old; it will simply take time to tell how well each is able to compromise on specific issues.

Wilborn and Mason leave on Sunday for Topeka, where they will join the other 163 members of the Kansas House and Senate for the first legislative session of 2017 that begins January 9.