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Kansas State House District 16

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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    Linda Featherston
    (Dem)

  • Rashard Young
    (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 Linda is a lifelong Kansan, residing in Johnson County for the past 21 years. Linda attended Kansas public schools from kindergarten through graduate school and chose public schools for her children. While owning and operating a successful piano studio for 27 years, Linda has found time to volunteer across her profession and community. Highlights include: Girl Scouts, WIC garden, Be SMART, KC Music Teachers Assoc., KS Music Teacher Assoc., SMSD schools, Harvesters and her church.
Campaign Phone (913) 735-3635
Campaign Email Linda4Kansas@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.Linda4Kansas.com
Education Linda is a graduate of the Topeka Public Schools. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Music History from Kansas State University.
Community/Public Service Linda currently serves: Kansas City Music Teachers Association, Kansas Music Teachers Association, WIC garden, Be SMART, Moms Demand Action, Project 1020, and her church. In the past, she has served: SMSD schools, Girl Scouts, Harvesters, Hope Chest Food Pantry, Ronald McDonald House, and Rep. Cindy Holscher's campaign.
Address 11007 W 100th St Overland Park, KS 66214
My first priority is expanding Medicaid. Kansas has lost over $4 billion by choosing not to expand Medicaid. These are tax dollars Kansans are paying that are going to other states. Kansas needed these funds before the pandemic to bolster our state services that continue to feel the negative effects from years of cuts. Now that we are facing a $1.2 billion budget shortfall due to the COVID-19 virus, keeping these tax dollars in Kansas is absolutely essential.

I absolutely support overturning the SAFE Act to remove barriers to voting. Voting is our constitutional right and duty. Citizens must be able to do it without interference by legally questionable statutes. The more people that vote, the more accurately election outcomes represent the will of the people.

I support expanding early voting, increased polling locations, expanding voting hours, voting by mail, automatic voter registration and online voter registration. I am an avid supporter of the Voting Rights Act and make note of it every time I choose to vote in person.
Expanding Medicaid is the issue that finally pushed me to run for office. My husband is an emergency room physician, so I am acutely aware of the repercussions of people not having adequate access to affordable, appropriate healthcare. There are 150,000 working Kansans that cannot afford health insurance, yet make too much to qualify for assistance. We need to help them achieve medical and economic stability.

Expanding Medicaid would help keep hospitals open in rural areas, something that is urgently needed. I support state scholarships and public-private partnerships that incentivize practicing medicine and nursing in rural areas. I also support researching the effectiveness of telemedicine. If there is one positive outcome to the COVID-19 virus, it is that we should have plenty of data about telemedicine to decide if it is effective means of delivery of some medical care.
I support common sense gun laws that respect the Second Amendment. I support universal background checks, red flag laws, closing the boyfriend loophole and aiding law enforcement in the relinquishment of weapons by convicted domestic abusers. I am proud to be a Gun Sense candidate and have spent many hours volunteering for Be SMART, the educational wing of Moms Demand Action that teaches families how to keep children safe through safe gun storage and open conversations about guns in our homes.
Currently, Chamber Leaders are elected by their party and then appoint committee leaders. We have seen committee leaders removed from their positions based upon their votes if they oppose Chamber Leaders' wishes. Bills get stuck in committees when they can't receive the support of two-thirds of the committees' members to move to the floor. All of these things combined give Chamber Leaders incredible power over the legislative process. One way we could mitigate this power would be to allow bills to leave committee if they receive a simple majority vote of approval.
Yes, I would support changing the House and Senate rules to allow a transparent system for the determination of bills to be heard, debated and voted on. Currently, partisan politics is allowed to thwart the democratic process by letting committee chairs and leadership prohibit the hearing, debate and vote on bills. If they don't support a particular policy, they simply refuse to allow any action to occur. Many Kansans are not aware that this happens. By creating a transparent system, the voters will be better informed about the actions of their and other legislators and be able to make more informed decisions in the voting booth.
The above mentioned agencies are not well funded enough to carry out their missions. The Brownback administration cut millions of dollars from DCF while further burdening the foster care system by reducing aid to families in need.

The Department of Labor's transition from the old mainframe never happened under the Brownback administration and it remains mired in a system installed in the 1970s. The COVID-19 virus unemployment crisis has proven that we must make updating this system a priority.

The Department of Education saw nine consecutive budget cuts under the Brownback administration from which our schools are still trying to recover. While the courts have ruled we have achieved adequate funding, this is the bare minimum. Our children deserve better.

Although Gov. Kelly has worked to restore funding to the above departments, the Legislature must prioritize funding these agencies over repeated attempts to give tax breaks to wealthy corporations.
A statewide nondiscrimination ordinance would go far to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in Kansas. This would open the state up to more workers and citizens of diverse backgrounds. It would also tell current Kansans that they live in a state that respects and values them.
Legislators need to approach issues with open minds and ears and work to find common ground. Legislators also need to choose what is more important: representing their constituents for the betterment of Kansas or succumbing to extremist leadership to avoid negative repercussions.
I would support an amendment creating an impartial committee to draw new legislative districts. I strongly support fair and impartial redistricting. Voters should choose their representatives. Representatives shouldn't choose their voters. By putting this question in the form of an amendment, voters get to answer the question of how they wish their representatives to be chosen.
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