DeFazio elected Chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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DeFazio elected Chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

White House wants to scrap the health care law

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State Rep. Jason Probst, D-Hutchinson, thinks Kansas legislators are “passive” and “reactive” at legislating.
Lobbyists “are not shy at all about proposing legislation” that reflects the interests of their groups. Legislators listen to opposing groups and try to find a compromise, he said. “I would like to see more legislation coming from legislators,” he said.
Probst entered the House in mid-2017 and will start his first full two-year term Jan. 14. He is spearheading four bills for the new session.
Pre-existing conditions
A judge in Texas ruled last year that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and the White House wants to scrap the health care law that provides insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Probst wants Kansas to install its own law as a buffer.

Barnes sworn in to House seat

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer
Monday, January 7, 2019
When newly-elected state Rep. Lisa Barnes took her oath of office Sunday, she did so at her church — the church she grew up in, the church she was married in and the church in which she dedicated her three children.
During the ceremony at Middlesex Church of God, Barnes, R-Nash, swore to serve the people of House District 7, where she's lived her entire life. She’s a property owner, tax payer, business owner and community leader.
While Barnes expects the next several weeks will be a whirlwind of activity, she said she won't forget why she ran for office in the first place.
"I'm on calendar overload with so much to do, but my priority is broadband," Barnes said.
Barnes represents southern Nash County and all of Franklin County, areas in desperate need of high-speed internet access.
"Broadband means access to telemedicine," Barnes said.