12 Mar 2019 at 1:05pm
House and Senate committees are taking divergent approaches to medical marijuana starting with a hearing on legislation allowing legal use of oils containing no more than 5 percent of the psychoactive element of the plant. Chairman Fred Patton, R-Topeka, said it wasn’t clear how much support the medicinal oil bill could attract in the House Judiciary Committee, but parents of children who may benefit from the treatment were expected to make an intriguing case for expansion of state law with House Bill 2244. “Parents who have been behind the bill have sent information,” he said.
28 Feb 2019 at 2:07pm
Kansas lawmakers are going on a short vacation after crossing the halfway mark in the legislative session. Rep. Fred Patton (R-Topeka) says he's happy with what's been accomplished so far this session. "I feel really good, especially compared to last year. I mean we're having lots of good discussion. We're passing needed bills," said Patton. Still, Patton acknowledges many issues still need to be addressed, including school finance. "I think the first one we have to address is school finance because that kind of impacts everything else. Depending on how much money we put in to schools th...
10 Feb 2019 at 1:01pm
Kansas lawmakers decades ago made it illegal to rape a spouse, but a statute still on the books enables a person to engage in sexual battery against a husband or wife without threat of arrest. Rep. Fred Patton, a Topeka Republican and committee chairman, said no one opposed to the bill asked to testify last week during a public hearing.Sara Rust-Martin, legal and policy director at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, endorsed elimination on the marital exemption on behalf of the coalition’s two dozen advocacy programs covering all 105 counties.
16 Jan 2019 at 12:57pm
In her first State of the State address Governor Laura Kelly said Kansas is moving in the right direction. Governor Kelly maintained a theme of bipartisanship throughout her speech as she appealed to the Republican controlled legislature. That message got through to Republicans, Representative Brenda Deitrich and Representative Fred Patton. "The policy positions we're going to have to hear over the next couple of days to see what they cost and how we're going to implement them," Patton said. "But overall I liked the direction. Lets take things slow and work together."
16 Jan 2019 at 3:41pm
Thanks to the three members of our local legislative delegation for stopping by to share their expertise on legislating for Kansans. We wrapped it up Thursday with District 50 Representative Fred Patton...
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14 Jul 2018 at 3:47pm
When I first ran for the House, I was concerned about the direction our state was headed. Since being elected, I have worked across the political spectrum and served as a voice for common sense solutions so that we could begin to get our state back on track. While we have made progress on balancing the budget, restoring tax fairness, and funding our schools, we still have a lot of work to do to make Kansas a place future generations want to live, work, and raise their families...
26 Sep 2018 at 2:56pm
Local candidates in contested Kansas House races shared formative experiences that have shaped who they are during a forum Tuesday hosted by Tim Carpenter, Statehouse bureau chief for The Topeka Capital-Journal. Rep. Fred Patton, Republican incumbent in the 50th district, said there are lots of examples, including tragedies and successes, but for him, it comes back to him being a dad. “As I vote,” he said, “I try to decide what would be best for our kids, and if it’s best for them, hopefully, when they grow up and they decide to come back to Kansas, we’ll have a place with jobs, lots of t...
7 May 2018 at 12:57pm
Four times during the past three years, the Kansas Supreme Court has found problems with how public schools are funded. Top lawmakers and officials think they have it right this time. But school districts suing over funding say schools eventually need $1.7 billion to $2 billion more. Rep. Fred Patton, a key Republican lawmaker on school funding, said he was pretty confident and that lawmakers approved a good formula. "We did our math, we showed our work," he said.