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Kansas State House District 49

The Kansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the legislature of the U.S. state of Kansas. Composed of 125 state representatives from districts with roughly equal populations of at least 19,000, its members are responsible for crafting and voting on legislation, helping to create a state budget, and legislative oversight over state agencies.

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    Katie Dixon
    (Dem)

  • Megan Lynn
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

With all of the issues facing Kansas brought about by the COVID-19 virus, what would be your first priority?

Would you support overturning the SAFE Act that was put into place creating barriers to voting by Kansans? What changes to Kansas election laws and voting systems would you support? Please explain why you would support those changes.

What is your position on expanding Medicaid? Why? What would you propose to ensure health care availability in rural areas?

What is your position on gun control and the issue of gun violence? What, if any, changes would you propose to current laws?

How can changes be made to current House and Senate rules that allow for Chamber Leaders to control Committee leadership?

Will you support changing the House and Senate rules to allow a transparent system for determining which proposed bills are heard, debated and voted on? If not, why not?

Issues with DCF and foster care, plus antiquated computer systems in the Departments of Labor and Education have made news. Do you feel that our current agencies are funded at a level that they can carry out their missions? If yes, what is the problem? If no, how can it be addressed?

How can Legislators address the issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Kansas?

In the current politically-polarized environment, how can Senators and Representatives work together to govern Kansas?

New legislative districts are drawn by the Legislature during the second year following the Census (2012, 2022, etc.) Would you vote in favor of an amendment that would create an impartial committee to draw the new legislative districts in Kansas?

Personal Biography Katie and her family have lived in Olathe for the past seven years. They chose this community to be their home because of the excellent public school district and the big town amenities with a small town feel. Katie grew up on a hobby farm in rural northern Missouri. She earned a degree in chemistry from Park University & worked in the oil and gas industry for several years before changing professions to become a financial advisor. Katie's hobbies include cross-fit, hiking and reading.
Campaign Phone (913) 333-1827
Campaign Email katie@katieforkansas.com
Campaign Web Site http://katieforkansas.com
Education Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Park University
Community/Public Service Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Mid America LGBTQ Member, Board Member at Exchange, UMKC Women's Council
Address 14016 S Tomahawk Drive Olathe, KS 66062
Covid 19 is having a devastating impact here in Kansas on multiple fronts. The biggest issue that the Kansas Legislature can impact is the State Budget. Our Constitution requires us to have a balanced budget each year and revenues have decreased in the past few months. We will need pragmatic problem solvers to work together in Topeka who are willing to make hard decisions to balance our budget. It is hard to speculate on what cuts will be necessary in 2021, but Kansas deserves careful leaders who are willing to work across the aisle collaboratively to make hard decisions.
I do support overturning the SAFE Act to make it as easy to register to vote in Kansas as it is with the Federal government and most other states in this country.

Given that the most burdensome aspects of this law have already been struck down in court, repealing this law would save taxpayer dollars spent on legal fees which will have to be spent on yet another round of legal appeals.

Ultimately, I agree with the League of Women Voters' position on removing unnecessary barriers to allow citizens to vote without undue burden.
Expanding Medicaid would be beneficial by not only increasing access to affordable healthcare for many Kansans, but it would also provide an economic boost by injecting federal dollars into our state economy.

We are facing a crisis when it comes to rural healthcare access. In many portions of the state, Kansans are prohibitively far away from emergency healthcare and even primary care providers. Telehealth is sometimes available & would certainly help. However, internet connectivity/access is another limiting factor.

Ultimately, rural hospitals not only provide communities with healthcare access, but also provide high quality/high paying jobs, boosting local economies. Medicaid expansion in Kansas is the single best action the Kansas Legislature could take to increase access to affordable healthcare in Kansas. It would have an added bonus in providing more affordable healthcare in the rural setting, as well.
As a responsible owner of firearms and a firm believer in the right of responsible gun ownership, I appreciate that Americans have a right to protect themselves and their property. I take the responsibility of owning a firearm very seriously. I support training requirements and permitting for concealed carry permits in Kansas. Additionally, we should take responsible care to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands. I am supportive of red flag laws, which would address gun violence in domestic cases. I also oppose guns in schools with the exception of trained law enforcement officers or SROs. There are many ways we can impact common sense gun reform in a bipartisan fashion in the Kansas Legislature.
I am in favor of committees electing their own chairs so that the chair is accountable to the majority of the committee leaders rather than the Speaker of the House or the Senate President. A simple majority of a committee should have the ability to schedule a hearing or vote for a specific piece of legislation.
Yes. I support changes to the rules that would allow a simple majority of representatives to schedule a bill for debate and vote in the Chamber.
After a decade of neglect, these agencies lacked the needed resources to fulfill their mission. Though Kansas is in a difficult budget situation, addressing these needs both for the short and long-term must be a priority. These agencies work with some of our most at-risk and vulnerable populations.

I am grateful for the progress that Governor Kelly has made improving the foster care system through the implementation of the Families First Act and the hiring of dozens of social workers to work with families in need.
We need to elevate underrepresented voices by supporting and amplifying them. As a representative, it will be my job to hear from all voices to make sure they are truly represented in the Kansas Statehouse. I am committed to listening & representing the people of my district.
It is especially important for a representative from areas with diverse opinions like my district to work hard to be a consensus builder. I will work across the aisle, just as the bipartisan women's caucus did when they reformed Kansas' tax system and moved us towards fully funding our high quality public schools. We all want safe and prosperous communities. There is common ground to be had if we work towards finding it. We must resist the urge to dehumanize people who have a different perspective and approach.
Yes. Voters should choose their elected officials, not the other way around.
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