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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Love looks to coming session

  • Looking to the coming session of the Kansas Senate, Senator Garrett Love has a number of priorities.

    Love agrees that education will continue to be an important issue this session, especially with a pending decision by the Kansas Supreme Court regarding education funding.
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  • Looking to the coming session of the Kansas Senate, Senator Garrett Love has a number of priorities. Love agrees that education will continue to be an important issue this session, especially with a pending decision by the Kansas Supreme Court regarding education funding. “I have always been and will continue to be a big supporter of education,” Love said. “… It’s very hard for me to speculate what the courts are going to do, but… when the courts make a decision that will be the issue of the legislative session in terms of where to go from there.” As a member of the judiciary committee, Love is working on several pieces of legislation geared toward cracking down on crime against seniors, including scams, security fraud and Medicaid fraud. “So far we’ve had a lot of broad bipartisan support for those bills,” Love said. Love said he has been pleased with developments regarding the oil and gas depletion trust fund. A budget was passed in 2013 that decreased the amount given from the fund to Kansas counties. As a result of a misunderstanding regarding when the reduction would take place, Governor Brownback increased payments to the counties by $7.5 million in the fiscal year 2014. “The oil and gas depletion fund was a big early victory for us in rural Kansas in terms of getting that correction made,” Love said. Love also made mention of the mortgage registration fee. “I understand the fairness issue that caused the banks to bring it forward but I think we may need to see if there are other ways to resolve that, but I am still looking into that issue at this point,” Love said. Love said he is also reviewing bills regarding the death penalty. He also mentioned proposed improvements to Fort Dodge. “That’s I believe much needed there at Fort Dodge and I have been very supportive of that,” Love said.
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