Speaker Names Rep. Bowers to Special Transportation Committee

September 17, 2008, Topeka – Kansas Speaker of the House of Representatives Melvin Neufeld (R-Ingalls) announced today he has appointed Representative Elaine Bowers (R-Concordia) to serve on the Special Committee on a New Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

Rep. Bowers serves on the House Taxation; Federal and State Affairs and Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees and is a past member of the 2007 Assessment and Taxation Interim Committee.

“Rep. Bowers’ real life experience as a business owner combined with her legislative experience gives her a clear understanding of the transportation infrastructure challenges our state faces and the impact a well-developed and maintained highway system can have on economic development and the state’s budget. I am confident she will work hard to help craft a comprehensive transportation plan that meets the needs of our state while finding new ways to fund the work,” Speaker Neufeld said.

The special committee will study and review:
  • the need for a new comprehensive transportation plan;
  • the status of the state’s current transportation system;
  • possible funding sources for a new transportation plan;
  • potential federal funding sources;
  • the status of the current plan; and
  • the use of toll roads.
Rep. Bowers said she looks forward to working with other legislators on the transportation plan.

“As a business owner in the automotive industry in north central Kansas, I know just how important our roads, bridges and issues concerning their upkeep and development are to our communities and citizens - not only here in this part of the state but the entire state as well,” Rep. Bowers said.

Rep. Bowers represents the 107th District which includes Cloud, Lincoln, Ottawa and part of Dickinson Counties.