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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Legislators to meet with commission, council

  • With the 2014 legislation session scheduled to begin next week in Topeka, Leavenworth County Commission members are preparing to meet with state lawmakers who represent the county.
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      What: Legislative breakfast with Lansing City Council, Leavenworth County Commission and state lawmakers

      When: 7 a.m. Wednesday

      Where: Lansing Community Center, 80...
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      If you go …
      What: Legislative breakfast with Lansing City Council, Leavenworth County Commission and state lawmakers
      When: 7 a.m. Wednesday
      Where: Lansing Community Center, 800 First Terrace.
      ― The meeting is open to the public. Lansing city officials and the Leavenworth County Commission will meet with state legislators who represent portions of Leavenworth County.
  • With the 2014 legislation session scheduled to begin next week in Topeka, Leavenworth County Commission members are preparing to meet with state lawmakers who represent the county.
    Commissioners discussed the upcoming legislative breakfast when they met Monday morning.
    The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Lansing Community Center, 800 First Terrace.
    The meeting is open to the public.
    Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley said there are six state legislators whose districts include portions of Leavenworth County, and "all have been invited."
    At least one legislator, Sen. Tom Holland, has indicated he won't be able to attend.
    Hurley told commissioners Monday he was still preparing a packet of information to present to legislators. The county administrator said he's focusing on 10 bills that have been introduced or may be introduced.
    Eight of the 10 bills were introduced last year, and Hurley said they would adversely affect the county. The bills didn't pass but can be taken up this year.
    One of the remaining bills is a proposal concerning nuisance abatement.
    Hurley said county officials support the measure because it would give Leavenworth County the same authority as cities.
    The final bill is a proposal for the elimination of a mortgage registration fee, which commissioners oppose.
    During Monday's meeting, commissioners signed a document prepared by Register of Deeds Stacy Driscoll that argues against the elimination of the mortgage registration fee.
    "The whole packet will be structured for your signature as well," Hurley said.
    This year's legislative session begins Monday. Lawmakers typically finish sessions in May.
    The commission originally had scheduled a legislative breakfast for Dec. 14, but the event was canceled because of bad weather.
    Wednesday's breakfast was arranged by Lansing officials, but county commissioners have been invited to participate.
    Another bill identified by Hurley is a proposal to exempt health clubs from property taxes. Commissioners oppose the bill because it would mean a loss of about $56,000 per year in property tax revenue collected from the Genesis Health Club in Leavenworth.
    Commission Chairman Bob Holland mentioned the bill during Monday's meeting.
    The bill passed in the Kansas Senate last year but hasn't passed in the state's House of Representatives.
    "It is in the House Tax Committee," Hurley said.
    Holland asked if it would be proper to ask Sen. Steve Fitzgerald why he supported the bill last year.
    "I know he voted for it," he said.
    Hurley said Holland can ask the question, but the county administrator said the real focus now is whether the bill will pass in the House.

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