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Monday, January 14, 2013 9:35 PM

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Rep. Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, right, swears Monday afternoon to uphold the U.S. and Kansas Constitutions at the Kansas State Capitol Building, 300 SW Tenth Ave., Topeka. Jones was in the first of 12 groups to approach the center of the House chamber for the oath ceremony, which also featured prayers for progress and prosperity for Kansas’ well-being. “It’s surreal [being in the Kansas House] and very exciting,” Jones, who represents Kansas House District 10, said, noting that he recently spoke with constituents regarding gun control. “[Gun control] is a huge national issue, and they were wanting us to look at some gun control issues and that kind of thing. ... I’m going to be on pensions and benefits so that’s a big thing to me. We’ve got to get that right. We have to make it work.”

School funding, other challenges await newest House legislators

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer

TOPEKA — A Shawnee District Court ruling Friday that prompts Kansas to increase its elementary and secondary education funding by nearly 19 percent came as no shock to one local legislator.

Awaiting his oath to office in the Kansas State Capitol, Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, said Monday the court’s decision is but one step toward a larger wait.

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