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Legislative coffee pours another cup of state politics Saturday

By The Herald Staff | 12/31/2013

Community members will have an opportunity Saturday morning to learn more about the coming legislative session, as well as local lawmakers’ positions.

The year’s first legislative coffee, organized by the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and set the first Saturday morning of every month during the legislative session, is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday in the Ottawa City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

Community members will have an opportunity Saturday morning to learn more about the coming legislative session, as well as local lawmakers’ positions.

The year’s first legislative coffee, organized by the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and set the first Saturday morning of every month during the legislative session, is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday in the Ottawa City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

State Reps. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, and Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, and state Sen. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker, are expected to answer questions from community members, John Coen, chamber president, said.

“The legislative coffees the chamber hosts are a good opportunity for local citizens to have communication with our legislators,” Coen said. “A moderator fields questions from the audience and allows [questions] to be passed to legislators, and each legislator takes a turn at answering the same questions.”

No invitation is needed to attend the legislative coffee and questions aren’t required of attendees, Coen said. Gene Ramsey, former Ottawa mayor, is set to serve as the moderator this month.

“It’s a good opportunity to come and listen to the dialogue,” Coen said. “Don’t feel like you have to have a question or issue. It’s good just to hear the conversation, but it’s a good time if you have a question to get a conversation started.”

Saturday will be a great opportunity to catch up with lawmakers before they return to Topeka for the new legislative session, which begins Jan. 13, Coen said.

“[Legislators] like this opportunity because when they get in session it’s so busy to meet one-on-one with individuals,” he said. “So [the chamber] has organized events for legislators to talk to individuals and it’s handy for [legislators] and citizens. I encourage people to take advantage of it.”

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