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Kansas State House District 24

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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    Jarrod Ousley
    (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?

Campaign Email ousleyforkansas@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.jarrodousley.com
Education Shawnee Mission East Johnson County Community College
Community/Public Service Member of PTA, NAACP, Equality Kansas
Medicaid Expansion, to increase access for healthcare for fellow Kansans.
Yes, and have introduced legislation to repeal. I would support legislation allowing same day voter registration, expanding registration time deadlines, repealing the restrictive voter identification requirements, and expanding access to mail in ballots.
I fully support expanding Medicaid, as this would increase access for Kansans, and would help keep rural hospitals in operation.
I support background checks, limiting access to weapons to those in mental health crises, limiting access to those with a history of domestic violence, and requiring training of gun owners. Last session I drafted and introduced legislation to allow individuals with a history of depression and at suicide risk to place a restraining order against themselves, to prohibit their ability to access a weapon in a time of crises.
This is procedural controlled by the Majority Party, and is controlled by the outcome of elections.
The Speaker and the Speaker Pro Tem are both constitutional officers, vested with the control of the chamber and what bills come above the line for a vote.
Our Agencies have received some additional funding under the current administration, but years of neglect and underfunding brought about critical needs that will take additional funding to fully address. Under the recent Supreme Court decision, Kansas schools are on track to be fully funded by 2022; however, this last year due to economic ills from Covid-19, have left everyone uneasy if this will be possible if additional funds are lost. The Department of Children and Families was recently revealed to not have been paying for contracted services under the Brownback administration, and the critical needs of foster youth in our state are still not being met. We need to create a fourth tier income tax bracket on the highest earners and implement an online sales tax to increase State revenue and allow us to meet our agencies' needs.
We need to expand protection to our LGBTQ residents, so that they will have similar protections from discrimination. We can also take several steps to prohibit excessive police force, including: prohibiting choke holds, prohibiting officers who have been fired from being hired by other forces, banning departments from receiving military grade equipment, make records of police misconduct public, require the use of every attentive prior to shooting.
Many Representatives have partners in the Senate on issues they both work on to help move legislation through both bodies, although it appears your question is how can lawmakers focus on issues relevant to Kansans and not partisan ideology. Every democratic member in the house is willing and able to work across party lines to accomplish passing legislation that benefits our citizens, as members of the minority party cannot accomplish passing legislation without our republican allies. If we can work to electing a less imbalanced legislature, that is having more parity between parties, it makes it more likely that legislators will work together more frequently because they will understand they need their colleagues to help pass legislation.
Yes, removing partisanship from district boundary creation would be useful and recommended.