Lawmakers OK new honor for Ike on Statehouse grounds

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas lawmakers have approved legislation to put a statue of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Statehouse grounds to go with multiple honors inside the building.

The House approved the measure Thursday on a 123-0 vote after the Senate passed it last week, 39-0. It goes next to Gov. Jeff Colyer, and his staff has said he is eager to sign it.

The president and Supreme Allied commander during World War II is honored with a folk-art statue in the second-floor rotunda and a smaller one in the basement visitor’s center. His portrait hangs outside the governor’s second-floor office.

Former Gov. Sam Brownback advocated having the longtime Abilene resident honored again with a statue outside.

Private funds would cover the $127,000 cost of the statute and its granite base.

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