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City of Wichita lays out its legislative goals for 2013

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012, at 5:07 p.m.

The city of Wichita wants to regain control of the open carry of loaded firearms within the city limits.

It wants to retain its collection of public-private incentives for economic development and it wants continued state funding for Affordable Airfares, the National Institute of Aviation Research and the National Center for Aviation Training.

It wants the state to retain its rights in any new passenger rail developments and to retain funding for the Equus Beds recharge project that helps provide city drinking water.

Those are a few of the city’s goals for the 2013 Kansas Legislature unveiled Tuesday by Dale Goter, the city’s government relations director, at a workshop. No council action is expected until later this year.

Goter said the council will seek new legislation that “acknowledges the public safety and law enforcement concerns of major first-class cities by allowing local ordinances restricting open carry,” according to city documents.

The council approved an ordinance permitting open carry this summer to bring the city into compliance with state legislation. But Goter said the city considers the approved ordinance an “unintended consequence” of state legislation.

The council also will continue lobbying to keep economic development incentives, including tax increment financing, community improvement districts, industrial revenue bonds and sales tax revenue bonds.

The legislative agenda suggests no specific funding for the airfare and aviation education programs, but notes that requests for $10 million each for NIAR and NCAT were cut in half during the last session.

And it supports the Kansas Water Authority’s $2 million recommendation for the Equus Beds project, including $500,000 in fee funds and $1.5 million from the state general fund.

Reach Bill Wilson at 316-268-6290 or bwilson@wichitaeagle.com.

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