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Dear Friends:

After a resounding win in the primary, I am back in full campaign mode again for the General Election. For those of you who kept a sign from the primary, now is the time to put it back in your yard. My campaign team is replacing those signs that were collected at the end of the primary; that should be completed by this weekend. If you would like a sign in your yard and do not have one, please e-mail and we will get one to you. Thank you to everyone who is willing to publicly support Bollier for Representative!


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During the primary I was able to knock on about 90% of the Republican doors in District 21 (with the help of some wonderful volunteers). Now I am going door-to-door trying to connect with Unaffiliated and Democrat voters. I am happy to schedule a meeting with anyone who desires one; with door-to-door canvassing it is hit-or-miss to actually find people at home! Please e-mail me to schedule a personal meeting if I have missed you at the door and you have questions or comments.

Though the primary is over, the General Election looms large on November 4th. Be sure you are registered to vote and don't let the chaos of everyday life get in the way of exercising your right - vote in advance by mail.

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Join the Parade!
Join my campaign team to promote Bollier for State Representative Saturday, September 27 in the Overland Park Parade! We will gather at 9:15 on Floyd St just north of 79th Street. Wear comfortable shoes and a white shirt of any type. The route is short (1.2 miles) and we will have a blast! We will be walking with Clayton for Representative as well.

 

Keeping Busy with Representative Work
Being out of session does not mean the work ends! Here are a few of the things that I have invested my time in during the past few weeks:

- Listening to the live broadcasts of the K-12 Efficiency Study Commission
- Attending SMSD School Board Meetings
- Lobbying in Washington, DC for Title X funding which is used for Women's Health Care, particularly contraception.
- Attending the Johnson County Commission on Aging legislative breakfast
- Discussing End-of-Life care issues with a constituent
- Hearing SMSD Superintendent discuss the district's potential legislative platform
- Listening to issues from Traumatic Brain Injury patients related to KanCare (the privatized Medicaid program in Kansas)
- Helping a constituent with state issues related to disability
- Speaking as a legislative panel-member at a health conference
- Attending various NEJC Chamber events
- Meeting with lobbyists about issues pending for the upcoming session
- Collecting information about and studying the Department of Labor and KanCare changes to Home Based Services provider reimbursement

The work I am privileged to do as your Representative definitely keeps me busy. My abilities are continually stretched as I strive to find solutions for a diverse range of problems/issues that affect the constituents of District 21. Please know that I am here for you and look forward to helping you as needed.

 

KSHSAA Appointment
Following the passage of HB 2197, Governor Brownback appointed me to the Congressional District 3 spot on the Kansas State High School Activities Association Board as a representative of the people. I was a strong advocate for the passage of this bill and helped write it as well. The purpose of the bill is to have non-school members of the board to enhance transparency and to give the people a voice in the organization. In the past, only schools have had a voice in KSHSAA.

I attended my first KSHSAA board meeting and met many wonderful coaches, teachers, principals, and superintendents from around the state who are part of this board. I look forward to serving the people on this board and will work to provide better communication to the parents of our schoolchildren who participate in extra-curricular activities that are governed by KSHSAA.

The week before my official appointment I attended a hearing challenging a decision made by the board regarding Rule 10, the Transfer Rule. The decision was upheld to require an eighth grade girl who transferred schools to play on the "B" volleyball team as well as the "B" basketball team until the 180 day transfer requirement was met. The parents had changed jobs from the local Catholic school to the local public school and asked KSHSAA for a hardship deferral since the move was not initiated or controlled by the child. The older brother had also requested be allowed to play Varsity football but was denied based on precedent set in 1995 by a similar situation and ruling.

 

Stay Informed
In addition to sending out periodic newsletters, I maintain a Facebook Page where I post informative news articles about the legislative and political happenings in Kansas. Feel free to "friend" Representative Barbara Bollier so that you can easily stay informed. I read through the Kansas City Star, the Topeka Capitol Journal, the Lawrence Journal World, the Wichita Eagle, and a few other publications to find articles. During this important election cycle I urge you to keep abreast of the news in Kansas!

It is a privilege to serve as your State Representative. I do my best to be available to all. Feel free to e-mail, text, call, or write as needed.

Sincerely,

Barbara Bollier