Concealed carry policy, bonds before Emporia city commissioners

There aren't a lot of items for Emporia city commissioners to discuss when they have two meetings Wednesday morning, but the items are notable for different reasons.

Commissioners will renew their talks about concealed carry policy in city buildings, notably White Auditorium. During the 2013 session, lawmakers passed a law saying public places had to allow concealed carry unless there were approved exemptions largely based on security plans submitted by cities, counties and schools.

In June, the city obtained a six-month exemption for a building study and to see whether it should pursue a four-year exemption effective in January. City Attorney Blaise Plummer is recommending a ban on concealed carry at White Auditorium with the MIAA and Kansas State High School Activities Association both saying they will refuse to have events at White if concealed carry is allowed.

Beforehand, commissioners have a special action meeting to issue so-called general obligation bonds. Several projects would be involved, including a new street sweeper, water and sewer line projects for industrial parks, renovations at the Soden's Grove baseball field and a refunding of bonds issues eight years ago.

The series of meetings begins at 10 am at White Auditorium City Conference Room 1 AB.

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