Michael O'Donnell http://kmuw.org en Bill Would Bar Public Health Department Accreditation http://kmuw.org/post/bill-would-bar-public-health-department-accreditation <p>A Kansas Senate committee will hear testimony Monday on a bill that would prohibit public health agencies from pursuing accreditation.</p><p>The bill was introduced by Wichita Sen. Michael O’Donnell. The freshman Republican has not yet explained the rationale for the bill.</p><p>Michelle Ponce, who heads the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, says accreditation is a voluntary process to implement and monitor quality improvement.</p><p>“We’re really baffled by this bill, to be quite honest," she says.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:56:04 +0000 Bryan Thompson 12782 at http://kmuw.org Vacated Wichita City Council Seat To Be Filled This Week http://kmuw.org/post/vacated-wichita-city-council-seat-be-filled-week <p>Four candidates from District IV will be considered this week for the interim Wichita City Council seat.</p><p>Michael O'Donnell vacated his seat on the city council when he was elected to serve in the Kansas State Senate this fall.</p><p>Candidates Joshua Blick, Jeff Blubaugh, Paul Gray and Stan Reeser were all nominated by the District IV Advisory Board. Three of the candidates were interviewed last week by the board at a public forum in south Wichita.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:50:00 +0000 Carla Eckels 10830 at http://kmuw.org Board To Interview For Vacant City Council Seat http://kmuw.org/post/board-interview-vacant-city-council-seat <p>The District IV Advisory Board will conduct interviews for the interim Wichita City Council seat during a special meeting next week.</p><p>Two of the candidates are former city council members and one lost to the outgoing incumbent. The District IV seat in southwest Wichita will open on January 1 after council member Michael O'Donnell resigns on December 31.&nbsp;O'Donnell was elected to the Kansas State Senate in November.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Carla Eckels 10285 at http://kmuw.org Wichita City Council Moves To Fill O'Donnell's Seat http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-city-council-moves-fill-odonnells-seat <p></p><p>The Wichita City Council is working through the process to temporarily fill the District 4 council seat soon to be vacated by Michael O'Donnell.</p><p>The council declared a notice of vacancy Tuesday due to O'Donnell's resignation, effective December 31. O'Donnell was elected state senator of District 25 in Wichita last month.</p><p>The City of Wichita's director of law, Gary Rebenstorf, outlined the procedure for filling the vacancy.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:58:02 +0000 Carla Eckels 9434 at http://kmuw.org Wichita City Council Moves To Fill O'Donnell's Seat