Incumbent Republicans seeking seats in the 1993 Kansas Legislature outlined key issues that may be addressed next year, and a retiring local state senator said the last legislative session was unparalleled.
"I've seen quite a bit, but never have I seen a session like this," state Sen. Wint Winter, R-Lawrence, said of the 1992 legislative session. "We got things done . . . that will be taken care of for the next 10 years."
Winter, a 13-year veteran of the Legislature, decided this year not to seek re-election.
He and other area legislators spoke during a luncheon Tuesday at a local restaurant for the Douglas County Republican Women's organization.
Sandy Praeger, representative of the 44th district who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Winter, told about 25 people at the luncheon that 1992 will be an important election year.
She said education, children's programs and heath care will be overriding issues.
"THE SRS (Social and Rehabilitation Services) budget is the fastest-growing budget in the state," she said. "That's mainly because of health care and children's programs."
Praeger said the state must take on the responsibility of developing a comprehensive health-care system in which everyone can have fair access to treatement.
"It's going to require some pretty tough choices," she said.
Rep. Joann Flower, Oskaloosa, whose newly reapportioned district will include parts of Douglas County including Eudora, said she looked forward to serving area residents.
"You'll hear me talking more about agricultural issues, the environment, pesticide control," she said. "I'm a little more conservative on many issues."
FLOWER, A Johns Hopkins University nursing graduate, quipped that she "has yet to recognize KU (Kansas University) as an institute of higher learning."
Flower said abortion would continue to be a hot topic in the Legislature, despite a compromise bill passed during the last session that places some restrictions on abortion. She also said environmental issues would move to the forefront of the legislative agenda.
Winter said he was pleased with the abortion bill, a crime victims' rights measure and sentencing guidelines approved by the Legislature this year.
He lauded Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells, who was at the luncheon, for his effort in Monday's jury conviction of a Lawrence man for first-degree murder and child abuse in connection with the death of a 23-month old boy.
"Child abuse is not going to be tolerated in Douglas County, thank God," Winter said.
Hank Booth, moderator of the discussion and general manager of KLWN radio, urged those in attendance to get involved with this year's elections.
"The Democratic Party sees this year as the first time in the history of the state that they can gain a majority in both houses . . . plus the governor," he said.
Corrected version: GOP incumbents outline key issues
Because of a reporter's error, a statement by Rep. Joann Flower in Wednesday's Journal-World saying she has yet to recognize Kansas University as an institution of higher learning was incorrect. Flower said she is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, which she jokingly said "has yet to recognize KU as an institute of higher learning."