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Kansas State House District 4

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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  • Trevor Jacobs
    (Rep)

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    Bill Meyer
    (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?

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Personal Biography 30 year career in health care administration. Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Semi-retired to Fort Scott, KS in 2000. Subsequently served as Registrar of Fort Scott Community College for seven years. Three daughters; seven grandchildren. My wife of 50 years, Liz Meyer, died suddenly in November, 2019. At the time of her death, Liz was the President of the Kansas P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Campaign Phone (620) 224-4299
Education M.H.A. George Washington University
Community/Public Service Member, Board of Trustees, Fort Scott Community College Volunteer in the Kansas Guardianship Program Member of Bourbon County Arts Council; Historic Preservation Association; Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce; Rotary Club of Fort Scott
Address 14 Golfview Drive Fort Scott, KS 66701
Protect funding for K-12, Community and Technical Colleges in Kansas. Expanded Medicaid to provide access to healthcare for the near poor and as the best defense against abortion. Availability of broadband internet in rural Kansas as the #1 economic development necessity and defense against ever increasing taxes.
Yes. I support voting by mail, including mailing ballots to all registered voters. I support voter registration to vote without requiring proof of citizenship or driver's license. Both changes necessary to mitigate against voter suppression.
I addressed this above in my legislative priorities. We are losing hospitals (including our hospital in Fort Scott) and docators and healthcare jobs because of Kansas' refusal to expand Medicaid. Federal/state funding for organizations such as Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas is essential to maintaining essential medical services in rural areas.
Gun laws - or rather, lack of sane gun controls in Kansas - is a tragedy. No "reciprocity" re. concealed carry. Ban on assult style rifles and magazines containing more than 10 shells. No allowing students to carry guns on college cases. No private gun sales without background checks.
I do not have an answer for this question at this time.
Yes
No. The entire system is under-funded. You can't operate in 2020 with 1970's technology. The DCF structure has been neglected and mis-managed for years. Leadership from the top is required.
Stop pretending that they know the answers and get out and LISTEN before opening their mouths!
A basic principle to be successful in a political environment is Compromise. No one has a corner on the truth or the only recipe for success.
Yes. This is critical to avoid a gerrymandering scandal.