Shannon in the News

Kansas coronavirus update: GOP, Democrats diverge on oversight of $1.25B in f...
17 May 2020 at 1:49pm

The 2020 Kansas Legislature returns Thursday to Topeka. The one-day agenda includes legislation to bolster oversight of Kelly’s emergency orders and her decisions about pandemic spending. Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, said city and county governments should apply a portion of the $1.25 billion to cover matching-fund requirements for other sources of federal disaster assistance. “I think there’s some hope it possibly could in this disaster,” Francis said.


KHP requests $15.8 million to purchase two helicopters, airplane
22 Jan 2020 at 2:44pm

The Kansas Highway Patrol requested the Kansas Legislature allocate $11 million for two new helicopters and $4.8 million for a new airplane to replace aging equipment and meet rising demand for assistance from law enforcement agencies statewide. The pitch to a House budget committee Tuesday indicated KHP was proposing purchase of a pair of Airbus H125 helicopters for $5.5 million each and to acquire a Cessna C208 Caravan EX for $4.8 million. “This is a big expenditure for this committee. It’s new spending,” said Rep. Shannon Francis, a Republican from Liberal who chairs the House Transpor...


What’s the impact of expanding Medicaid in Kansas?
15 Jan 2019 at 5:17pm

With the many projects going on in Topeka and with new leadership taking over, some questions still remain about how everything will get done, with one of the questions at Thursday’s brown bag luncheon being about Medicaid expansion, which has been a point of contention in Kansas for a long time. “It’s my understanding Southwest Medical Center, should we expand Medicaid, will get about $800,000 to their bottom line,” 125th District Representative Shannon Francis said. “There are currently a little more than 30 states that have expanded Medicaid ...


Francis meets with Farm Bureau
11 Jan 2019 at 5:15pm

125th House District Representative Shannon Francis was in Liberal Thursday to talk to local constituents about some of the issues coming up in that session. Francis began his discussion by talking about how in prior years, the legislature has tried to find funding for basic government services. “Now, we really have to kind of make sure we don’t spend money we don’t have,” he said. “Before, we were just trying to find money to pay for what we had to have. Kansas historically has switched from a Republican administration to a Democratic administration.” ...
 


Francis: Transportation key to community’s future
25 Sep 2018 at 2:45pm

With funding for and continued repairs to the state’s highway system an ongoing issue, last session, the Kansas Legislature established a transportation vision task force, which 125th House District Representative Shannon Francis said has a mission with many items. “The mission of the task force is to evaluate the progress of the 2010 Transportation Works for Kansas program to date, evaluate the current system condition of the state transportation system, including roads and bridges, to evaluate the current uses of state highway fund dollars, including fund transfers for other purposes ou...


$8 million in lottery proceeds could go to water programs
8 Feb 2018 at 5:08pm

Frustration with inability to properly finance Kansas water programs prompted consideration of a bill Thursday earmarking $8 million in state lottery proceeds for research, testing and remediation projects.  Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, said the legislative budget process in the past had diluted interest in the proper financing of water policy agendas. Some legislators on budget committees seem deaf to the need of communities to sustain water resources for commercial and residential use, he said. “We talk about the importance of water every year and they quit listening,” Francis said....