KDP Weekly Rundown #30

Friday, October 11, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the Kansas Legislature. What are we focused on this week? The official launch of the KDP online store, just-announced meet and greet with Melissa Etheridge, Overland Park LGBTQ NDO, and more!

KDP LAUNCHES OFFICIAL ONLINE STORE

  • What’s happening?

The Kansas Democratic Party on Monday launched our official online store! T-shirts, stickers, mugs, and more are now available for purchase at Store.KansasDems.org. We’ll have additional items, sales, discounts, and more in the coming months!

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR MELISSA ETHERIDGE MEET AND GREET

  • What’s happening?

The Kansas Democratic Party is excited to announce that we’ll be hosting Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and Kansas native Melissa Etheridge for a 2020 Statewide Grassroots Campaign Reception!

The Leavenworth meet and greet on November 4 will support the KDP’s work to build on our momentum by electing Democrats up and down the ticket in 2020. Tickets are now on sale at KansasDems.org/Etheridge!

OVERLAND PARK BECOMES LARGEST CITY TO PASS LGBTQ NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE

  • What’s happening?

The Overland Park city council voted 10-1 Monday evening to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Kansans, making the city the largest in Kansas to modernize civil protections for the community. City policy now bars people from being denied housing, employment, or services from businesses on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Overland Park is the latest in a series of Johnson County cities to pass LGTBQ NDOs in the last year. Olathe is now the only city of Johnson County’s “big five” without a non-discrimination ordinance. Local leaders called on lawmakers in Topeka to pass LGBTQ protections at the state level.

Overland Park Council Member Logan Heley: “To our LGBTQ friends, who live, work, worship, attend school, and patronize our businesses, you deserve love. You deserve to live your life, you deserve respect, and you’re welcome in the city of Overland Park. That’s why I’m supporting this ordinance.”

FEDERAL GRANT OF $2.4 MILLION FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE EFFORTS

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Laura Kelly announced the Fiscal Year 2020 grant awards for the Federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. This program funds a range of programs for areas such as law enforcement, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim services, technology improvement, prevention activities, and mental health programs.

Gov. Kelly: “The funds will go a long way in supporting our law enforcement agencies and criminal justice programs. These organizations work hard to protect our communities, and need tools in place to create a safer environment for all Kansans.”

The grant program is a partnership among federal, state, and local governments to create safer communities and improve justice systems. The grant, totalling $2,488,170, was awarded to 28 agencies supporting criminal justice efforts.

GOV. LAURA KELLY LAUNCHES STATE ECONOMIC STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Laura Kelly launched the state’s first formal economic development strategy in 30 years. Kelly plans to work with industries and economic development specialists on writing a comprehensive plan to speed economic growth in Kansas. Secretary of Commerce David Toland said Kansas lags in key economic indicators such as GDP growth, population growth, and labor participation. The project is coordinated by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. The report is expected by March 2020.

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