kansas-welcomeThere were well over 200 people who attended the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to support state sovereignty last week.

What a wonderful endorsement of our Tenth Amendment and what an exciting day!

All of the proponents offered outstanding testimony, and they were a great source of pride and encouragement to everyone attending.

There were 16 proponents, one neutral and one opponent who testified. Chairman Owens decided to give the proponent conferees two minutes each, while giving the neutral and opponent conferees ten minutes each. The Chairman expressed he wanted to give more time to those with different views because there were so few of them.

Even during the opposition’s testimony, everyone maintained a professional attitude (until the very end), and I am greatly appreciative of the civility and respect given to others. That can be very difficult when the principles we hold so precious are disparaged.

Later, I didn’t get to one of the events, but the rally at the Dillon House was very moving and inspirational with some terrific speeches by some very impressive speakers, including Congressman Todd Tiahrt. I was honored to be with such a group.

This is reason to take courage! We are making a difference.

The next step — the resolution will be “worked” in committee.

Chairman Owens may or may not announce the date when this will occur. When the bill is “worked,” the committee members debate the resolution, and they could add amendments or make other modifications to the language. At the end of debate, members usually vote for or against the measure. If it receives a majority vote, it advances to General Orders. Then Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, at his discretion, schedules it for Senate floor debate.

Thank you to everyone who came to show their support, and thank you also to those who couldn’t come and prayed for us.

God bless you and God bless Kansas!

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