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Kansas State House District 19

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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  • Stephanie Sawyer Clayton

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 5th Generation Kansan, grew up in Johnson County, attended Shawnee Mission Schools, children attend Shawnee Mission Schools. Elected in 2012, served 3 terms as a Republican, 1 term as a Democrat. Currently Ranking Member on Education; also serve on Tax and Federal and State Affairs committees.
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To balance the budget with minimal cuts.

Yes. I support same-day registration, and sponsored a bill to implement automatic voter registration, or AVR, and will introduce similar legislation again.
Yes. I have supported Medicaid Expansion for years. Not only does it help our fellow man, but it also helps our local economy, as well as the rural economy.
I support sensible, common-sense gun laws, such as removing campus carry, and expanded background checks (I was the chief sponsor for both pieces of legislation.)
We could allow all members to vote on committee chairs after the chair candidates submit a resume for review.
I have consistently supported such rules changes, even when I was in a Party that punished me for doing so. I will continue to advocate for Transparency.
No, they are not adequately funded. More funding could be found through use of creative revenue sources, grants, and more federal aid.
We can start by increasing inclusion with state employees, and can continue by encouraging women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to run for office.
By coming at our work from a place of respect, and finding the one thing that we might agree on to work together. For instance, although a Moderate Republican at the time, I worked very well with Tea Party Republicans regarding transparency issues. Commonalities can be found.
Yes, I would.