Shawnee Mission East
Johnson County Community College
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.