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Kansas State House District 13

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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  • Joe Newland

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    Mark Pringle

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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 I'm a fourth generation farmer/rancher who was born and raised on the family farm in Woodson County. A graduate of Neosho County Community College and Emporia State University. After graduating from ESU in 1982, I moved to New Mexico where I had two small businesses, and also worked in state government, specifically the Department of Corrections. Presently, I am farming and ranching with my wife and Dad, primarily crops and cattle. I'm also the chairman of the Woodson County Democrats, too.
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Education Associates Degree: Neosho County CC BS in Business Administration, Emporia State University
Community/Public Service Public advocate for Medicaid Expansion. Also, a supporter/activist with the Poor Peoples Campaign. Locally, I'm the Treasurer for the Pleasant Valley Cemetery District.
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Well, we will have to make some budgetary adjustments, thanks to the economic impacts of the pandemic. I think we will be able to do that, and also be able to finally pass Medicaid Expansion for our state. This expansion is WAY overdue, and it is tragic that we have yet to implement expansion, given that 150,000 Kansans would gain health care in the process. I will continue to be a strong, and fierce advocate for Medicaid Expansion when the Legislature convenes in 2021.
Absolutely. It is contrary to the best practices of our democracy that we have placed so many barriers in this process, which discourages participation by numerous Kansans. Quite frankly, it is time we implemented automatic registration when any citizen reaches 18 years of age, along with making it easier to vote by mail. Given the issues of voting during a pandemic, it is urgent that we implement laws/guidelines that will make it easy to vote.
I support the full expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. As mentioned earlier, this would result in health care coverage for over 150,000 Kansans. It is frustrating that we still don't have it in place, especially given the fact that Kansas has missed-out on nearly $4 billion dollars in Federal funding, which would have saved several hospitals from closure, and prevented many deaths, too. On average, we lose 2 of our fellow Kansans each day due to a lack of health care, which Medicaid Expansion would help to prevent.
I think we need to think in terms of gun safety, and how we can help to make that happen here in Kansas. I would certainly walk-back laws which allow open carry of firearms in public situations, especially rifles. It is not necessary, and is needlessly provocative. I would also bring back permits for concealed carry. Additionally, anyone convicted of a violent offense should not be able to possess firearms, especially if it is related to domestic violence.
i do not have an answer for this question. The influence of dark money political operations have often subverted the legislative process, and help give additional leverage to the leadership of the House and Senate in determining what happens in the Legislature, especially at the committee level. I think it will take a large group of newly-elected Representatives and Senators who are like-minded in making reform happen, and would have to be a bipartisan effort.
Yes, absolute transparency, which includes video broadcasting of committee hearings and Senate/House deliberations. Also, full disclosure of votes, both in committee and on the floor.
This is another example of the disastrous impact that the Brownback administration, and its' tax program, had on state government. The operating deficit led to drastic underfunding across the board, and hit DCF, Labor, and Education especially hard. The Kelly administration has tried to repair the damage in a short period of time, but the Covid-`19 pandemic will continue to delay improvements, due to the revenue shortfalls. As Kansans, we should always remember to vote for public officials who will make our government work well, not those who come into office with the idea of "starving" government as an ideological basis for their being in government.
I think Senators and Representatives need to think in terms of how inclusive Kansas can become, and how potential legislation can make it a reality. The process by which the Americans with Disabilities Act was created can serve as a model for future legislation at the state level. If Legislators would just think in terms of how they would like to be treated if they were in someone else's "shoes", then I think we would make great progress on a number of policy fronts.
It is difficult to have a bipartisan Legislature, given our current campaign finance laws, or lack thereof. Big money campaign organizations impact the legislative process, oftentimes based on ideology and self-interest. This interferes with what has been a long-standing tradition here in Kansas, which is that both parties would work for the betterment of the state. That's how we were able to create a far-reaching community college system, and a strong state highway network which was the envy of the nation. We have to get back to bipartisanship if we are to advance as a state.