Tuesday, January 4, 2011
It was an hour-and-a-half, jam-packed with opinions.
Tuesday, the Sedgwick County Area Legislative Delegation sat down to listen to the community on issues important to them.
The first day of the 2011 legislative session starts Monday.
"It's really important for us to hear what's on the mind of the general public, what do they want us to know to represent them," said Steve Brunk, Delegation Chairman.
One of the most talked about topics was child welfare.
"We have a system that is terribly in need of reform. It needs to be tore down and completely rebuilt back up with lawful constitutional principals," said Greg Rose, of Wichita.
Legislators said the topic of child welfare has been an issue for several years.
That prompted lawmakers to create a new committee on children and families to take a closer look at some of the concerns.
Another concern is health care reform.
With Derek Schmidt now in the Attorney General's office, he has pledged to fight national reform.
Some think that is a bad idea.
"We need health care reform, including everybody. It's a crime for us to have wars around the world, spending billions and trillions, and have no basic health care benefits for everyone," said Mary Cole, of Wichita.
Others think the issue of voter identification cards should be dismissed from discussions.
"Let's take whatever money it would cost to give free ids or figure out who needed them, and use it to fund more school nurses, or other education programs that will help people," said Janis Bradley, of Wichita.
Legislators say they will keep communication open by meeting with constituents on Saturday mornings while in session.