Fred in the News

Kansas adult care homes could get COVID-19 legal immunity
4 Feb 2021 at 1:33pm

When Kansas lawmakers met last year to quickly craft emergency legislation in response to the pandemic's onset, they provided businesses and healthcare providers with immunity from civil liability related to COVID-19.  "If these care facilities are complying with all the guidelines and directives they've been given, then they shouldn't be at more risk for litigation than a business or health care provider would be. And so that's the discussion that will take place," Rep. Fred Patton, R-Topeka, who chairs the committee sponsoring the bill, had previously said.

Kansas legislators vote to extend state of emergency two months
21 Jan 2021 at 1:50pm

Legislators at the Kansas House of Representatives have voted Thursday to extend Kansas’ coronavirus state of emergency until March 31. “It gives us a little over two months to work on some permanent changes and so I do think it’s a good compromise. We’ll get to work on whatever those changes are immediately, and if we don’t make it, we may have to ask for an extension again, but my hope is we can have some stuff ready before then,” said Topeka Representative Fred Patton.

Legislative Look-ahead: Topeka Rep. Fred Patton focused on KEMA
11 Jan 2021 at 1:48pm

The 2021 Kansas Legislative session convened Monday, and Rep. Fred Patton, R-Topeka, plans to hold his first meeting on the Kansas Emergency Management Act by Wednesday. Patton, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, says several elements in a KEMA compromise approved last spring expire Jan. 26 - if lawmakers don’t act.

Coronavirus, state budget among key issues in Kansas' 2021 legislative session
10 Jan 2021 at 1:45pm

The Legislature might even look at revoking some of the powers delegated to the governor during emergencies. Last spring, lawmakers attempted to do so, said Rep. Fred Patton, R-Topeka, who chairs the Judiciary Committee that will oversee emergency-related legislation. "It's really not clear in Kansas law, whether that can be done or not," he said. "We just need to clarify, maybe even with a constitutional amendment."

Kansas leaders reflect on pandemic lessons from 2020
2 Jan 2021 at 1:42pm

State Rep. Fred Patton, a Topeka Republican who was chairman of a committee that reviewed emergency management laws, said they were designed for short-term disasters, such as fires, floods and tornadoes. The law enacted in June applies only to the current pandemic. Lawmakers expect to consider permanent changes. “I think we all believe that at the local level, people are better set up to make decisions on what’s impacting them,” Patton said. “It’s situations like this that sometimes challenges that belief, though.”

KS Emergency Management Act review underway
14 Dec 2020 at 8:21pm

Work is underway on a review of the Kansas Emergency Management Act. Rep. Fred Patton, R-Topeka, is leading the interim committee charged with the task. He spoke about it in an interview for 13 NEWS Eye on NE Kansas. “We are taking a very broad look at it,” Patton said. “Really we’re just trying to figure out how to make it as smooth as possible. The governor (should) be the person that has the authority to make decisions on a day-to-day basis. The question is how much oversight should the legislature have, and that’s what we’re trying to work our way through.”

Kansas House incumbents hold onto seats in Shawnee County
4 Nov 2020 at 8:24pm

The majority of Shawnee County’s incumbents in the Kansas House of Representatives will hold onto their seats for another term. Incumbent Reps. Virgil Weigel, Fred Patton, John Alcala, Annie Kuether and Jim Gartner all won reelection to their respective seats, according to the final and unofficial results posted on the Shawnee County election office website.Patton, who received 9,674 votes compared to his opponent Timothy Reed’s 3,214, has served as the District 50 representative for six years and currently serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the Special Committee on ...

Patton makes case for reelection to District 50 seat
14 Oct 2020 at 7:21pm

Now in his sixth year representing District 50 in the Kansas House of Representatives, Rep. Fred Patton is hoping people in the northern Shawnee County district will elect him to a seventh and eighth year in the Statehouse. Patton — a Republican who currently serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the Special Committee on the Kansas Emergency Management Act — spoke on The Topeka Capital-Journal’s election podcast about why he is running for reelection for the District 50 seat and what he hopes to see out of the coming legislative term. He also serves as a member of the S...