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Gun Laws, Housing, and More: State vs Local Control

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Gun Laws, Housing and More: State vs Local Control

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When it comes to our legislative processes, who is really in control – local, state or federal lawmakers? This becomes especially important in light of efforts related to issues such as gun control, ridesharing and affordable housing.

By way of example, we know that Kansas City has a problem with gun violence, and while our new Mayor is working to address it with innovative policies, the balance of power between federal, state and local government is complicated in America.

How does a city effectively navigate these dynamics to create safe and healthy communities, especially when there isn’t always agreement among lawmakers? Can Kansas City truly move the needle on topics like gun violence when we run the risk of having local efforts pre-empted at the state and federal level?

Join American Public Square, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and other expert panelists for a discussion about what it takes to drive true change in our communities.

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o Allison Anderman - Senior Counsel at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Violence. Allisson's areas of expertise include helping cities and counties around the country enact effective local gun safety laws and passing extreme risk protection order legislation.

o Janeé Hanzlick -Johnson County Commissioner, 4th District. Janeé is the former CEO of SAFEHOME, Johnson County's domestic violence agency, was a leader in implementing the Johnson County Lethality Assessment Program, and has served on the Johnson County Community Violence Action Council (COMVAC).

o Jeff King - specializes in appellate law, trust litigation, and complex financial litigation. Jeff also uses his background as a former Kansas legislator and Vice President of the Kansas Senate to help clients with education law, government relations, and public policy consulting. Jeff has a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Brown University, an M.A. in Agricultural Economics from Cambridge University and a J.D. from Yale University School of Law; he is also a member of the Bar for Kansas, Missouri and the United States Supreme Court, among others.

o Hon. Quinton Lucas - Mayor of Kansas City. As mayor of Kansas City, Quinton has prioritized making Kansas City's neighborhoods safer, creating more accessible affordable housing and transportation, and improving basic services. Since 2012, Quinton has been a member of the University of Kansas Law School faculty.

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o Allen Rostron - Associate Dean of Students, UMKC. Allen teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, tort law, products liability, and conflict of laws. Before becoming a professor, Rostron worked in Washington D.C. as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Fact Checkers: Chris LeBeau, Tom Burns

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