It is a privilege to work for the best interests of your families in the 91st District, and I hope to continue the work as our community’s voice in the Kansas House.
At a time when people are directly impacted by rising prices on everyday goods, Republicans worked to further lower taxes, in addition to increase parental rights, attract businesses to create jobs, and continued work to make government more efficient. Republicans also worked to aid law enforcement in fighting back crime responsibly balance the budget and adopt redistricting maps.
Resolution Denouncing Price Gouging:
In response to calls from Kansas residential and small commercial ratepayers, HCR 5023 was introduced by Republicans to protect Kansas ratepayers through continued investigations of natural gas prices during the old weather event. The resolution denounces instances of price gouging and market manipulation involving natural gas and supports state efforts by the Office of the attorney general and federal efforts by the Federal energy Regulatory Commission to investigate increases in natural gas prices during the extreme cold weather event and encourages efforts to protect Kansas ratepayers. HCR 5023 was adopted by the House 114-2. I voted Yes.
House Republicans also led the charge to pass a constitutional amendment that reigns in unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats when it comes to rules and regulations that circumvent legislative intent.
During veto session, the legislature worked to wrap-up most of the unfinished business and voted to override select bills or budget line-items vetoed by the Governor. A few bills did not receive a majority vote to override the veto.
We the people…I am honored for the trust you have placed in me to represent you at the Capitol. The past couple of years have been unprecedented times for families and businesses with an aggressive pandemic and statewide mandates and restrictions. Just as the pandemic improves and we resume a quality of life with less government interference a new aggression threatens our freedom, way of life, and the economy. Fighting this new aggression is causing economic duress on everyone and Kansans are also feeling it.
Furthermore, peace is being threatened around the world and adding to the duress. Kansas military troops and their families continue to make sacrifices, leaving spouses and children to be stationed in our allied countries in Europe and elsewhere. The freedom to live in a democracy comes with a price. Nothing in war, politics, or life is free.
As your Representative, I understand and will continue to do all I can to safeguard your freedom with less government in your life so that freedom can thrive.
My hearts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine, our military members, and Kansans as a whole. May God bless you and may God bless the State of Kansas.
In Topeka this week, Emil Bergquist was sworn in as Kansas Representative for the 91st District, which includes parts of Kechi, Maize, Park City, Valley Center, and Wichita. Emil fills the remainder of the term begun by Rep. Greg Lakin, who was appointed chief medical officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by Governor Sam Brownback.
Emil was selected to fill the position in an special convention held by the Sedgwick County Republican Precinct Committee on January 20, 2018. He will serve the remainder of the term and plans to run for reelection this fall.