Ray Merrick http://kmuw.org en KS House Speaker Ray Merrick Vows To Focus On Economy http://kmuw.org/post/ks-house-speaker-ray-merrick-vows-focus-economy <p>Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says he'll be working to focus the chamber on economic issues for the rest of the legislative session.</p><p>Recently, some controversial bills in the House have caught national attention and criticism.</p><p>Merrick says he can't stop members from filing bills, but he can try to get lawmakers back to what he calls the basics.</p><p>"Making (Kansas) the most business friendly state in the country and emphasizing that the rest of the session," he says.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:00:30 +0000 Stephen Koranda 30663 at http://kmuw.org Wagle Wins KS Senate President, Merrick Speaker http://kmuw.org/post/wagle-wins-ks-senate-president-merrick-speaker <p>Kansas Republicans elected Susan Wagle Monday as the new president of the state Senate.</p><p>A veteran Wichita Republican, she is the first woman to lead either legislative chamber. Wagle defeated Steve Abrams of Arkansas City.</p><p>Johnson County Republican Ray Merrick is the new speaker of the Kansas House. Merrick won on a second ballot Monday over fellow Johnson County representative Arlen Siegfried.</p><p>When the session begins in January, Republicans will outnumber Democrats 32-8 in the Senate and 92-33 in the House.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:42:06 +0000 Associated Press 9335 at http://kmuw.org