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With frigid weather forecast Monday, Kansas inauguration ceremonies moved indoors

Gov. Sam Brownback took the oath of office in the chambers of the Kansas House of Representatives in 2011, too.
Gov. Sam Brownback took the oath of office in the chambers of the Kansas House of Representatives in 2011, too.

Kansas officials on Sunday said they were moving Monday’s inauguration ceremonies indoors due to a forecast that calls for dangerous wind chills.

The 11 a.m. event, which will feature the second swearing-in of Gov. Sam Brownback, will now take place in the chambers of the House of Representatives.

This is the second time that winter weather has forced a Brownback gubernatorial inauguration indoors. A blanket of snow forced a similar switch four years ago.

As large as that chamber is, the proliferation of desks belonging to the 125 House members suggests that the room will be shoulder to shoulder and standing room only.

Public seating is fairly sparse.

“There will be limited public seating in the House Chamber on a first-come basis,” Brownback spokesman John Milburn said in a statement. “The public will be able to hear the proceedings through speakers on the first and second floors of the Statehouse. The events are scheduled to be streamed over WIBW.com, as well.”

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