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A great group of supporters at the College Hill parade.
Honoring our Veterans in Eskridge with Senator Pat Roberts and Wabaunsee County Commissioner Ervan Stuewe.
Helen and Dan Crow driving me in the Potwin and Collins Park Parades. Thanks to all who came out in force to walk with me in both parades.

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It could be just short of a year by the time taxpayers have answers as to whether the state implemented its new motor vehicle system appropriately.

The 10-member legislative post audit committee on Tuesday approved an investigation into the implementation of the $40 million system. The system, meant to replace the aged system that handles vehicle tags and renewals, went live May 9 and continues to plague county treasurer’s office staff members and customers because of its reported slowness, corrupted files and complexity.

The scope of the audit was chosen to help the state identify best practices when it comes to system overhauls to avoid similar issues in the future.

“My concern is the implementation,” said Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka. “What I want to know is what happened.”


Problems with the state’s new, $40 million motor vehicle registration system have been vexing county officials and vehicle owners since it went live more than two months ago.

Exactly what troubles the system isn’t known — although there is no shortage of theories among those who have had to deal with it in one fashion or another — but the state’s legislative post audit committee has decided to find out.

The committee earlier this week approved, at the urging of Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, an investigation into the system’s implementation. The audit is expected to begin in December and be completed in the spring of 2013.


A state senator has asked officials at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to reconsider a new agency policy that would require domestic violence victims be counseled on the virtues of healthy marriage, two-parent families and sexual abstinence.

“This needs to be reviewed,” said Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat and a members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “If SRS doesn’t change this on its own, pressure will be applied in committee. This is wrong and needs to be rectified.”

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Dear Friends,

This should be the last week of the 2012 legislative session. We'll see. The two items the legislature must address-a balanced budget and redistricting-remain up in the air.

Motor Vehicle Tag Renewal
KPERS in Conference Committee
Redistricting: The Elephant in the Room
Tax Cuts and School Funding
On My Calendar
Contacting Me During the Session

KPERS in Conference Committee