Kansans weigh in on issues they want lawmakers to tackle in Topeka

WICHITA, Kan. Ahead of the beginning of the 2019 legislative session next week, Kansans gathered at a forum in Wichita Wednesday had the chance to let lawmakers know what they want to see.

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Representatives heard 24 speakers talk about issues and concerns they think need to be addressed this year. Topics brought up at the forum included Kansas Department of Transportation funding, jobs, education, medical marijuana and medical care.

Representatives listened as they prepare to possibly bring some of these issues to this year's legislative session. Lawmakers say they wanted people in south central Kansas to know they are listening.

"Hearing from our constituents about what's important to them, it helps us focus on what we should really be studying, researching," says Rep. Michael Capps.

Senator Oletha Faust Goudeau says Kansas voters from both sides of the political aisle were on the same page with some key topics, including wanting to see the lowering or elimination of the state's sales tax on food.

The 2019 legislative session starts Monday (Jan. 14).