Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Wilk optimistic about chances

April 26, 2007

An area legislator told an audience Saturday he was hopeful Kansas' proposed sites for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility would be among the finalists selected by federal officials.

At Saturday's legislative update breakfast, sponsored by the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Kenny Wilk said both the Leavenworth and Manhattan bids for the national lab were strong.

A team of federal officials was in the two cities last week, evaluating their bids for the multimillion-dollar, high-tech lab. The officials' task is to cut a list of 17 sites in 11 states down to three to five sites by this summer.

"We are very optimistic that Kansas will make that cut," said Wilk, a Lansing Republican.

Saturday's legislative update breakfast was the final one of the year before area lawmakers headed back to Topeka to finish their wrapup session, which began Wednesday.

Rep. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, said the House would try to override the governor's veto of a bill that would prevent cities and counties from restricting where legal gun holders could carry their concealed weapons, but that she did not know how successful it would be.

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