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Local Kansas lawmakers want to drive the focus away from social issues and toward educational and economic legislation.
Senator Jacob LaTurner and House Representatives Adam Lusker and Julie Menghini met with residents in Pittsburg this morning to discuss current legislation and concerns.
Lawmakers say they are still waiting on the Supreme Court ruling on K-12 education and working to restore recent cuts to higher ed.
They also expressed concern over the state's transportation fund.  They estimate $2 billion has been diverted from it over the past several years.
"If that didn't happen, we would have our big projects down here already completed," LaTurner said.  "I think we have to work hard as a legislative body to protect transportation funds."
"That's a concern because those transportation dollars will help us finish projects that are near and dear to our hearts down here, such as the projects on Highway 69 and Highway 7," Menghini said.
One Senate bill also discussed would create requirements for healthcare navigators before they can sign others up for insurance plans.
The next "legislative breakfast" will be the first Saturday of April.
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