Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Brownback picks Jacob LaTurner as new state treasurer

Brownback picks Jacob LaTurner as new state treasurer

"The state treasurer's office administers a lot of important programs", LaTurner said.

Estes won the 4th congressional district seat that covers south-central Kansas, including Wichita, in a special election a week ago.

Brownback names LaTurner state treasurer. It spreads over two decades a $64 million employer contribution to the teacher pension fund within the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Another $115 million owed to KPERS is on hold as part of the budget bill. The liquor reform bill was more controversial, gaining passage 27-11 in the Senate and 80-45 in the House.

Grocery stores, along with convenience and drugstores, will be able to sell beer with 6.0 percent alcohol by volume starting April 1, 2019, according to the bill.

Several liquor stores were hesitant about the change.

The beer reform law, contained in Senate Bill 13, resulted from years of determined lobbying by grocery interests, who discovered how influential mom-and-pop liquor store owners could be at the Capitol.

"There's finally additional choice and convenience for them in the marketplace, and that was really Uncork Kansas' goal all along was to bring choice and convenience to consumers, and we're pleased there was an opportunity to do that with the passage of this legislation", said Jessica Lucas, a lobbyist for the group Uncork Kansas, a network of Kansas retailers and grocers.

Sam Brownback is preparing to appoint a new state treasurer after Republican Ron Estes won a special congressional election.

Tuesday's announcement about LaTurner's appointment came as Topeka waited with bated breath for news regarding the fate of St. Francis, a hospital that employs 1,600 people and has been sliding toward closure amid a high-profile debate on Medicaid expansion. Announced candidates include Sen.

"Jake LaTurner has been a rubber stamp for Sam Brownback", said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka.

"My intention will be to run for a full four-year term in 2018 as state treasurer", LaTurner said.

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