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Kansas State House District 94

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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  • Leo G. Delperdang
    (Rep)

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    Derek Milligan
    (Dem)

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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 Derek is a 30 year old progressive democrat running as a State Representative candidate for the 94th district. Derek's top legislative priorities are Medicaid expansion, removal of grocery taxes, and strengthening our public education system.
Campaign Web Site http://milliganforkansas.com
Education Bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in Aerospace Engineering
Community/Public Service Derek is an active member of SPEEA and serves as chair of the union's Legislative and Public Affairs committee.
If the virus is still spreading out of control the first course of action will be to take the hard steps of enforcing social distancing, mask wearing, and re-closing businesses which have high risk of transmissions. The next priority will be to fix our broken unemployment processing system to ensure that any additional job losses due to the virus will not struggle to receive unemployment benefits like so many workers have already dealt with. Efforts should also be made to track down and compensate those who were owed unemployment but were unable to claim it due to failures by our existing infrastructure.
Absolutely. I would change election laws to remove any sort of photo ID requirement, and re-instate same day registration for elections. I would also push to instate ranked choice voting for state elections. As far as voting systems, I would add a requirement that a portion of electronic votes from each precinct get automatically audited for accuracy against the paper receipts provided. This combination of policies would remove the barriers which were put in place that disproportionately impact minority communities while also ensuring the accuracy of our voting machines.
I support expanding Medicaid as quickly as possible. This is a policy that would save lives, jobs, and the availability of healthcare in rural communities. Since the majority of Medicaid expansion is federally funded it also would be extremely good value per Kansas tax dollar spent. This policy alone would go a long ways towards ensuring rural health care. Further than that, I would reach out to members of rural communities to find out what specific needs they have that aren't being met, and work with experts in the field on how to deliver those health care needs.
I think Kansas should increase the barriers to being able to carry a firearm in public. Requiring training and certification is a reasonable starting point that should be pursued.
Committee leadership should be elected among the body, with a chair and vice-chair from the majority and minority party.
I would. As someone who lobbied to make amendments to a bill while in committee, it was very difficult to determine when that bill would be heard. Having to travel from Wichita to Topeka with very little advance warning was also a difficult burden for a citizen looking to participate more in the political process. Committees and chambers should be required to publish their schedules at least a week in advance of which bills will receive action, and stick to that schedule.
They are not adequately funded. For DCF and Foster care systems, the under-funding and privatization of services have led to a chronic disservice to the most vulnerable population in Kansas. For the computer systems, the legislature is happy to cut their budgets during good times but then they can't provide the services they are designed for when things go bad and they are needed. Funding for many state agencies should be re-assessed and reapportioned based on need and how much harm the population they serve is seeing due to the under-funding.
The state can start by making efforts to ensure federal anti discrimination laws are strictly enforced in both employment and housing. The state should also hear the grievances of black lives matter protesters in our cities and pursue material solutions to the problems of racial bias in our police systems.
I'm optimistic that the Covid-19 crisis and economic crash will inspire collaboration between the two governing parties in our state. I hope that everyone decides to put the needs of everyday Kansans first, instead of prioritizing big businesses and rich Kansans.
Yes. There are many good mathematical models that have been studied and produced by data scientists which can result in far more fair districting than what currently exists.