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Weakening species protection most important to county?

Most of the six-page 2016 legislative platform approved last week by the Sedgwick County Commission consists of “position statements,” with only five items rising to the level of “key legislative initiatives.” Two of those seek statutory changes related to offenders’ bond revocation and the housing of juvenile offenders and children in need of care. A third opposes cities’ ability to “unilaterally annex property in unincorporated areas.” The top two seek to modify Kansas laws about endangered and threatened species to reduce the cost and regulatory burden on counties. Those positions are consistent with Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau’s testimony in Topeka last spring in favor of removing the spotted skunk from the state’s list of threatened species, but are they really the most important things the Legislature could do to help out Sedgwick County and its citizens? – Rhonda Holman