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Minutes for SB59 - Committee on Ethics, Elections and Local Government

Short Title

Eudora community library district act.

Minutes Content for Tue, Feb 12, 2019

Chairperson Bowers opened the hearing on SB59.  Mike Heim, staff revisor, presented a briefing on the bill.  After questions by the Committee were addressed, the hearing continued.

Eric Magette testified in support of SB59.  Mr. Magette's testimony indicated the bill allows the Eudora Township and the City of Eudora via a joint resolution to form a district library so the governance and the funding is clarified allowing them to continue to offer the services that their community has come to rely on.  (Attachment 2)

Branden Boyd testified in support of SB59 as a representative of the Eudora Township Board.  Mr. Boyd indicated they were approached by the City and the Library Board and they're 100 percent behind them.  (Attachment 3)

Barack Matite testified in support of SB59 indicating this is a local issue that is a result of the City of Eudora becoming a city of the second class.  Mr. Matite explained there is no existing statute that can address the situation in Eudora and allow them to proceed as they've always done.  (Attachment 4)

Kurt von Achen testified in support of SB59 stating the library has been a vital part of their community for 50 years.  Mr. von Achen indicated a library is a cultural and educational institution that every community should have.  (Attachment 5)

Written testimony in support of SB59 was submitted by:

Amanda L. Stanley, General Counsel, League of Kansas Municipalities  (Attachment 6)

Tim Reazin, Mayor, City of Eudora  (Attachment 7)

Amber Jackson, ETPL Board Member  (Attachment 8)

Lori Eisenhour, Eudora Library Board Member and Local Business Owner  (Attachment 9)

Steve Splichal, Superintendent of Schools, Eudora Unified School District #491  (Attachment 10)

Vestana von Achen Ahlen and Michael C. Ahlen, private citizens  (Attachment 11)

Don Grosdidier, private citizen  (Attachment 12)

Pennie von Achen, private citizen  (Attachment 13)

Timothy J. Pringle and Brigitte L. Pringle, private citizens  (Attachment 14)

Laura Lewis, private citizen  (Attachment 15)

Nancy F. Winslow, private citizen  (Attachment 16)

Molly Pratt, private citizen  (Attachment 17)

Cass Steinlage, private citizen  (Attachment 18)

Michael G. Braa, Eudora Public Library Board  (Attachment 19)

Scott and Jody Keltner, Eudora Library Steering Committee Members  (Attachment 20)

Amy Jankowski, private citizen  (Attachment 21)

Dr. Robyn McCabria Kelso, private citizen  (Attachment 22)

Jason Hoover, President and CEO, Kaw Valley State Bank  (Attachment 23)

Diane Chrislip private citizen  (Attachment 24)

Robert Sailler, Heartland Committee to Promote Lifelong Readers Member  (Attachment 25)

Chelsea Pratt, private citizen  (Attachment 26)

Nancy Thellman, County Commissioner, Douglas County, 2nd District  (Attachment 27)

Mary Kirkendoll, The Hammert Building owner  (Attachment 28)

Danny Lewis, private citizen  (Attachment 29)

Becky Plate, private citizen  (Attachment 30)

After questions from the Committee were addressed, Chairperson Bowers closed the hearing on SB59.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:05 a.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2019.