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Kansas State House District 48

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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    Jennifer Day
    (Dem)

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    Terry Frederick
    (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 Kansas House Representative for District 48; 20 year resident of Johnson County; Runs a small real estate investment business with her husband, Jesse; political activist and volunteer, focused on issues like protecting public schools, election integrity, equality, and access to affordable healthcare for all.
Campaign Phone (913) 220-4738
Campaign Web Site http://jendayforkansas.com/
Education Bachelor’s Degree; Pepperdine University, 1996
Community/Public Service Election worker volunteer in Johnson County elections (2018 - present); Democratic Party Precinct Committeewoman – OP 4-11 (3/2019 – present); Kansas House Representative District 48 (appointed 5/24/20); Candidate for re-election in Kansas House District 48
Address 11941 Perry St Overland Park, KS 66213
Expanding Medicaid.
Yes, I would support overturning the SAFE Act. We should enact legislation that removes unnecessary barriers to registering, and saves the state the cost of additional litigation. Voter fraud happens infrequently, and the enacting of restrictive legislation to try to fight the small occurrence of it has been shown to actually behave more as a voter suppression method than anything else.
I am in favor of Medicaid expansion. Expansion is expected to bring more than $58 million per year in additional health care spending to Johnson County alone. It would be an investment in a state-specific solution that would help grow our economy, create jobs, save rural hospitals from unnecessary closure, and give thousands of people who currently don’t have any access to healthcare the opportunity to have coverage. I am opposed to a work requirement or premium payment inclusion.

Medicaid expansion in other states has been shown to improve hospital finance performance, and lower the likelihood of closure in rural area hospitals. We need to ensure that our hard working farmers and their families, as well as others in the lower populated areas of the state, are able to access quality care in as convenient a location as possible, even if they fall into that coverage gap.
I’ve received the distinction of being a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidate, and I am so grateful for their leadership and guidance, and all the hard work they do to try to enact change when it comes to the gun control issue we have here in Kansas, as well as across America right now. While I support responsible gun ownership, I would like to work with my legislative colleagues to pursue laws that would enact stronger background checks, permit requirements, and more training hours prior to gun ownership.
I would be in favor of anything that allows for more equitable committee leadership, so representation can be reflected in committee actions.
Yes, absolutely! I fully support transparency in all levels of government.
I don’t think that current funding is sufficient, no. Governor Kelly has worked to fund several new social work positions within DCF, but her efforts have gone unmatched by House and Senate leadership. Her plans to combine DCF and the Dept of Aging and Disabilities would have streamlined social services and made getting help for families easier. However, in spite of testimony in support of the plan by multiple parties, the plan was rejected by leadership.

We need to ensure that children in the system are safe, cared for, and don’t literally get lost while in it. I believe this will be an ongoing priority for the Democratic caucus in 2021, and beyond, and I sure hope we’re able to work out a bipartisan effort to get things on the right track.
I appreciate all the local efforts being made throughout the northeast portion of Kansas over these last couple of years to protect members of the LGBTQ communities as they simply live and work, through the implementation of city ordinances. I would love to see a statewide ordinance in place, personally.

I support legislation that will promote the inclusion of all, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, or age. It’s time for our country to make effective strides toward true equality across the board. It’s past time, really. I would love it if Kansas could become a leader in making that change happen!
I’m a firm believer in the value of empathy. We need to try harder to see different perspectives as we work together to legislate for the common good of all Kansans. If we can all think outside of the narrow parameters that special interest groups might be directing legislation through, we would be better off as lawmakers!
Absolutely, yes. We need to ensure that district lines are drawn fairly to avoid gerrymandering, and to make sure that representation is fair and truly representative of the citizens that live within their respective districts.
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