Preserving Lawrence's water rights will be one of the city's top legislative priorities if city commissioners accept the final draft of their legislative program tonight.
Water issues are among several legislative topics to be considered by the Lawrence City Commission tonight at its weekly meeting, beginning at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
Previous Journal-World stories did not include the water issue as among the commission's priorities.
Lawrence now benefits from adequate supplies of quality water from both the Kansas River and Clinton Lake water that is essential to the welfare and growth of the community, the program said.
Because of that importance, the city will ``actively monitor and participate'' in legislation that would amend the Water Transfers Act, the program said.
``We oppose amendments to the Water Transfer Act, or other laws or regulations, that will negatively affect Lawrence's current and future water resources,'' it said.
The program also urges legislators to oppose changes to water-quality standards that are not related to public health, unless state and federal money is provided.
The legislative program, if approved tonight, will be presented Thursday to the city's legislative delegation: Sen.-elect Sandy Praeger, Rep. Betty Jo Charlton and Reps.-elect Forrest Swall and Barbara Ballard.
The program is a wish list of sorts for city officials, outlining what they would like to see the Legislature accomplish in the coming session.
Other priorities not previously mentioned in news stories include preserving the city's home-rule authority and opposing a state property-tax lid or adjustments to the state's motor vehicle tax.
The program also asks the Legislature to clarify its ``inadequate and imprecise'' state laws that now regulate development in historic areas, installation of power lines and connection of lawn sprinklers into public water lines.