TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback plans to deliver the State of the State address 5 p.m. Tuesday to a joint session of the Legislature in the House of Representatives chamber, according to a press release. This will be the eighth State of the State address he has delivered.

The speech will include his response to the most recent Gannon school finance opinion issued by the Kansas Supreme Court, the release said. Additionally, Brownback asked Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to meet with key advocacy groups to address items included in the budget proposal which will be released the day after the speech, the release said.

The new 2018 legislative session opens Monday. Meanwhile, Brownback’s appointment to lead a diplomatic office focused on international religious freedom remains in question. President Donald Trump in July nominated Brownback for the position, but the U.S. Senate did not take action to confirm the nomination.