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Education bills finally being debated in legislature
26 Mar 2019 at 12:12pm

Education, it's a topic that has been hovering over this legislative session. Now it's finally being debated. "There are pieces in there that as a local school board member, I'm like, should the legislature really be telling us how to do things, so that is concerning and I get that, but there were other pieces that are good and again, we have to keep this process moving forward," said Topeka Representative Fred Patton, who was a yes vote. "I think something between where the House is headed and where the Senate is currently at is where I'd like to see us end up," said Rep. Patton.

Kansas House, Senate exploring separate paths on medicinal cannabis
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.

Kansas lawmakers head for vacation, session crossing halfway point
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...

House bill strikes Kansas’ spousal exemption to sexual battery
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.

Governor Kelly talks issues and bipartisanship in State of the State Address
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."

VIDEO: Our previews of the legislative session conclude with Rep. Fred Patton
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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Kansas House — 50th District: Fred Patton
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...

Candidates for Kansas House share life experiences, policy views at forum
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...