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Kansas State House District 121

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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  • John Resman
    (Rep)

  • James Rexford
    (Dem)

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 U.S. Army, Military Police/Correctional Specialist 1976/1979 Federal Bureau of Prisons, Leavenworth 1979/1982 Johnson County Sheriff's Office 1982/2010 Retired as Captain, Investigation Division, Developed the Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit, Computer Forensic Unit, and Sexual Predator Unit. I also held the position of Lead Officer/Officer in Charge with the Metro Squad and Supervisor with the Johnson County Multi-Jurisdictional Officer Involved Shooting Team. Johnson County Charter Commission
Campaign Phone (913) 709-4246
Campaign Email resmandist121@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.johnresman.us/
Education William Paterson College 1973/1975 Park College 1976/1979
Community/Public Service Johnson County Charter Commission
Address 434 N. Persimmon Dr. Olathe, KS 66061
My first priority would be the budget. We need to ensure that the State can meet its statutory obligations, pays its bills, and ensure the welfare of Kansans. The Consensus Revenue Estimate places a $1.6 billion shortfall between now and the end of the 2021 fiscal year and Legislative Research estimated a $1.4 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2022. Currently the State Finance Council is looking at budget cuts totaling $700 million. There will be many tough decisions that will have to be made in the upcoming session.
Every day we hear reports about foreign governments or individuals attempting to influence our elections or gain access into election system itself. Ensuring the integrity of our election process is paramount. Not having the resources to stop foreign interference, the SAFE Act provides some measure of security that we can provide locally, at each poling location that everything possible is being done to ensure the integrity of our election process.

I do not favor Medicaid expansion. As I answered in a previous question the Consensus Revenue Estimate places a $1.6 billion deficit between now and the end of the 2021 fiscal year and Legislative Research estimated a $1.4 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2022. Currently the State Finance Council is looking at budget cuts totaling $700 million. We do not have the funding for expansion. Eighty-three counties in Kansas have lost population since the last census. This effects not only health care, but also education, and many other services. Several counties do not even have medical professionals located within their county. One of the ways to ensure health care in some these counties is to implement Urgent-Care/Walk-in facilities with a small number of beds instead of trying to support large hospitals that can not be supported by the lack of a growing population.
It is not the law-abiding gun owner causing the problem with gun violence, it is people who do not care about the law or feel it does not apply to them. I have seen this throughout my law enforcement career. One change I would like to see is to increase the punishment when a gun is used in the commission of a crime or when a person is illegally in possession of one. I have seen many times when a person is illegally in possession of a gun, commits a crime with a gun, the case is plead down and there are no real consequences for their actions.
I would not change the current House rules.
I would not recommend changes in House rules. The system may not be perfect, but it works. House rules allow bills to be heard, debated, and voted on, both in committees and on the floor. House members have used ‘gut and go”, voted to override the Rules Committee, and members can vote to bring a bill above the line for a formal vote. At the beginning of the session House members vote on the rules that will be used to guide us. Having 125 members decide independently which bill will heard or debated will only create more confusion.
I believe our current agencies are funded at a level they can carry out their missions. Most of the problems are policy issues not funding issues. You cannot throw money at a problem and expect it to go away. Our foster care system did not become such a problem overnight. Recently the Governor vetoed a bill that would have held DCF and State Board of Education accountable on a yearly educational grading of each child in the foster care system and reporting their findings to the legislature. This would have been a small step in the right direction. Over many administrations, both Republican and Democrat, the Department of Labor has received funding to evaluate their computer system. We now see the effects of not following through with the recommendations.
On Wednesday 06/24/20, the Governor announced a 12-member Commission of Racial Equity and Justice. The legislature should conduct hearings to hear from law enforcement and advocacy groups so that we can fully understand the frustration being felt in our communities and make changes that can create meaningful changes.

The House and Senate are separate and equal. They conduct business in different manners. Both chambers are independent of each other with different rules, but have the same agenda, to pass legislation for the greater good of Kansas.
I would not vote in favor of an amendment that would create an impartial committee. Should an “impartial committee” be formed, I can see the argument now, who will sit on the impartial committee and can they be impartial. It will only lead to new and additional lawsuits and the courts will once again make the decision on legislative districts.
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