Mortgage registration fee fight could sock Osage, Franklin counties

State Rep. Blaine Finch, 59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

rep_finch_blaine_MGreetings from the newly dedicated Kansas Statehouse. We are beginning to pick up steam as we close out the third week of the session and head into February. Committees have been meeting all week hearing bills. We will now start working bills, considering amendments and passing certain bills out of committee for consideration by the whole House.

I was honored this week to be asked to chair a subcommittee on juvenile justice. Our task is to look at evidence-based solutions that will reduce the number of young people in state’s custody, keep young offenders from reoffending and ultimately reduce the need for as much state funding in this area. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to explore these issues and find workable solutions.

Also, this week I was appointed to a special subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee that is tasked with looking at our current one judge per county rule. This rule requires that each county in Kansas have one judge assigned and living there. As population trends have changed in the state we now see a greater need for judges in certain areas of the state while others have a smaller case load and less demand for services. A careful reallocation of some of those judicial resources could be as valuable as adding 22 new judges to the system without costing any additional dollars to the public.

In other news this week we saw the dedication ceremony for the Kansas Statehouse which was well attended and featured speeches from leadership and historical re-enactors. There was even a 21-gun salute from cannons on the south lawn. It was a grand celebration for a grand building. I highly encourage you to come see the building and stop by my office if you find yourself in Topeka.

I was fortunate enough to have two great pages this week from Ottawa Middle School, Ms. Alli Kerns and Ms. Katie Frank. They did a fantastic job and represented their school very well. I also met with Osage County Commissioner Gaylord Anderson at the Osage County Republican Women’s meeting, and Franklin County Commissioner Steve Harris joined me on the floor of the house when he came to Topeka to testify before a senate committee.

As things are heating up I encourage you to keep tabs on the mortgage registration fee debate. The outcome of this debate could have significant financial impacts for Franklin and Osage counties. The bill is SB 298. The bill would repeal the fee which would cost Franklin County about $250,000 and Osage County about $150,000. The debate on this bill is only beginning and will be one to watch.

As always I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. My number is 785-296-7655 and my email is [email protected]. I am ever thankful for the opportunity to serve you in the Kansas House and proud to say I am your representative.

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