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Local State Legislators Hold Community Forum – Part I (AUDIO)

Kansas Farm Bureau hosted a state legislative forum on Saturday, March 4 at the First Christian Church in Beloit with local Representative Susan Concannon of Beloit and Senator Elaine Bowers of Concordia.

Bowers is the Chair of the Kansas Senate Rural Ag Caucus and is also a member of the Judiciary Committee and Utilities Committee. Concannon is the House Republican Caucus Chair, Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the Appropriations Committee and Tax Committee.

Concannon opened by discussing the 80+ page Kansas Supreme Court ruling released on school funding. The decision said block grant funding, which has been in place for the past two years to allocate money for Kansas schools, was described as unconstitutional as well as inadequate in the ruling.
Representative Susan Concannon

Concannon spoke about the litigant’s case which was successfully argued against the current block grant funding apparatus.


Concannon went on to explain the open-endedness of the ruling which came down last week.

Senator Elaine Bowers

Bowers discussed the state senate’s role regarding the issue of school funding as well.

Stay tuned to KD-Country 94 and Z-96.3 News for more from this legislative forum.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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