Gov. Brownback to deliver State of the State Jan. 9

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) Gov. Sam Brownback will deliver Kansas' State of the State address on Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.

The governor announced on Tuesday that he accepted the invitation of House Speaker Ron Ryckman to do so before a joint session of the legislature in the House of Representatives.

The speech will include the governor's response to the most recent Gannon school finance opinion issued by the Kansas Supreme Court.

Additionally, he has asked Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer to meet with key advocacy groups to address items included in the budget proposal that will be released the day after the speech.

The governor's budget proposal will be presented next week, and it is expected to come from Brownback.

He indicated in November that Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer would make significant contributions to the budget after he was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the ambassador for international religious freedom.

The U.S. Senate didn’t vote to confirm Brownback in 2017 meaning he will have to be renominated by the White House.