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Kansas State House District 20

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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    Mari-Lynn Poskin

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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?

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Personal Biography Meet the high energy champion for District 20! Mari-Lynn is a Kansan by choice, with decades of personal and professional experience in education. She is passionate about improving healthcare access for all Kansans, assuring string and healthy communities, and restoring Kansas' economic stability and vitality.
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Education Bachelor of Science: English, Education and Psychology Graduate Certificate: College Counseling, UCLA
Community/Public Service National MS Society, Treadsetter Game On for Kansas Schools Mainstream Coalition Intern KC Scholars Reviewer Campaigns: Sharice Davids, Janee’ Hanlzlick Supporter housing: Environment MO Stand Up Blue Valley Board Member: Wrestling MS Project 1020 Homeless Shelter PTA’s: 1998-2010
Address 12924 Howe Drive Leawood, KS 66209
My first priority would be to focus on the safety of all Kansans. I am a believer in science and am optimistic that our researchers will have a deeper understanding of the virus and perhaps even an effective vaccine by the start of the 2021 legislative session. If so, we must immediately get to work on the serious economic, educational and equity issues wrought by COVID-19. If not, we know the virus is not bound by politics, but our legislative leadership played far too many political games at the start of the pandemic. I would support pragmatic public safety initiatives developed in collaboration with Governor Kelly and Dr. Lee Norman.
Yes, I would support overturning the SAFE Act and other measures to remove barriers to voting by Kansans. I want to increase civic engagement by making it EASIER, not harder, for Kansans to vote. The threat of voter fraud pales in comparison with voter suppression and disenfranchisement.
As the primary caregiver for my husband who has secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis and a small business owner without employer sponsored health insurance, I understand how critical access to affordable healthcare is. We must stop sending billions (currently, $4.1B!) of Kansas taxpayer dollars to other states and support rural hospitals with Medicaid expansion. 75% of Kansans support Medicaid Expansion. It would spur economic growth, creating thousands of jobs and contain health care costs when insured Kansas are covered and don’t put off preventative health care.
I am a gun owner who supports common sense gun safety laws. I am pleased to be recognized as a Moms Demand Gun Sense Candidate. I support universal background checks, closing gun show loopholes, and red flag laws. As a higher education for nearly 20 years, I support re-exempting college campuses from the Personal and Family Protection Act.
The embarrassing dysfunction of the legislative sessions can be tied back to extremist leadership and their power over committees and their leadership. If the whole body, by chamber, was allowed to vote on committee members and leadership positions, this effect would be lessened. If the scheduling process was bipartisan, that would also alleviate some of the obstruction in the legislature.
Absolutely. Bills should be required to have named sponsors and votes should be recorded, both in committee and on the floor.
Our agencies have been decimated by the disastrous Brownback “tax experiment.” Even the repeal of this tax policy did not restore agency funding to previous levels. Trying to process historic numbers of unemployment checks on a forty year old computer system is the inevitable result and has left hard working Kansans without means to provide for their families when they need it most. The ongoing issues in DCF, foster care and education are even less forgivable.
We are at a crossroads around racial justice in our country. Some are fearful of what that means, but I think it is an incredible opportunity to make much needed changes. When I’ve put something off far too long and can’t put it off any more, I say, “Well, there’s no time like the present, it’s what I have to work with and shouldn’t let it slip away.” Let’s take full advantage of this opportunity to more fully and honestly address the issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Kansas.

In the Legislature, let’s welcome all voices at the table and lean in to the voices of our own Kansas experts from community groups, education and business leaders. As well, we should add a DEI legislative committee, perhaps modeled after the award-winning DEI committee in the Oregon Legislature.

On a personal level, I committed to intensive anti-racist training in the weeks following George Floyd's death. I hope to bring what I learned to bear on my tenure in the Legislature.
The “Women's Caucus” of 2016/17 is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished across the aisle to make good public policy. I applaud Governor Kelly’s efforts to craft a bipartisan Medicaid Expansion bill as well. As the work of the women’s caucus showed, it starts by finding out what you agree on and having discussions around the particulars of your concerns. That coalition nearly fell apart several times, but the third ingredient is commitment to seeing it through to the end.
Yes, I would support, at a minimum, a law creating an impartial committee to draw new legislative districts in Kansas. The advantage of an amendment is that it could be put to the vote of the people. Legislative districts should not be determined by partisan politics that allow for gerrymandering. I have signed the NDRC Fair Redistricting Pledge.