TOPEKA- Wednesday the Kansas Legislature officially completed the 2009 session with a ceremonial “Sine Die” adjournment. In conjunction with the legislative wrap-up, Rep. Elaine Bowers (R-Concordia) commented this week on legislation specifically affecting the 107th legislative district.

“In a very difficult budget year I am still proud of what we were able to accomplish—specifically for my constituents,” she said. “In such a politically charged session there are a lot of variables, and even non-budget related bills can be difficult to get through the process.”

Among the personal highlights for Rep. Bowers are bills she initiated to assist local tire recycling businesses and community development interests.

One of those projects, House Bill 2324, has already been signed by the Governor—enacting the Community Investment District Act. The purpose of a community investment district (CID) is simply to promote and support economic development, including tourism and cultural activities. The bill defines CID projects to include capital improvements, infrastructure, and certain operational costs.

“Both the recycling bill (HB 2080) and the CID Act represent important progress in a stressful time for small communities,” Rep. Bowers said. “Any assistance or flexibility we can provide our local governments with becomes pretty valuable when revenue generating opportunities are so difficult to come by.”

The Sine Die adjournment marks the end of a tumultuous session in which Rep. Bowers said plummeting state revenues and increasing pressure to produce a balanced budget pushed the legislature’s creativity to the brink.

“There’s just not a good answer when we’re faced with such devastating shortfalls. Every decision we make at this point has an effect somewhere down the line. However, I continue to receive excellent support and advice from my constituents on what their priorities are, and I’m very thankful for that.”

Rep. Bowers was first elected in 2006, and serves on the committees for Commerce and Labor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as Federal and State Affairs. She represents the 107th district, which includes Cloud, Lincoln, Ottawa and part of Dickinson Counties.

Ryan Gilliland
Chief of Staff
Speaker Pro Tem Arlen Siegfreid
State Capitol, Rm. 330-N
Topeka, KS 66612