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Kansas State House District 71

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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  • Steven K. Howe
    (Rep)

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    Jeffrey A Zamrzla
    (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 Salina South class of 1975 USMC 1975 - 1984 Master Electrician 1984 - 2004 Retired 2004
Campaign Address 2509 Brookwood Lane
Campaign Phone (785) 452-9325
Campaign Web Site http://jzamrzla.net
Education Salina South class of 75 USMC - Avionics: Radar systems, Navigation and Voice/Data communications systems for F-4, AE-8, UH -10, CH-53, CH-46. Kansas Technical Institute 85-87 - ASEET; Topeka Technical College - taught Southwestern Bell employees basic electronics and math IBEW LU 226 - taught 3rd year apprenticeship classes in electronics, grounding and math
Community/Public Service USMC and Volunteer support specialist for Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD and other trauma.
Expanding Medicaid is job #1
Yes
In college, we were taught about macro and micro economics. Healthcare under the ACA is akin to the volume business model Walmart used to muscle out every competitor. Due to reduced payments by the Federal government, many rural hospitals are not going to be here in a few more years. We have to support the communities that still have a hospital by increasing their income. That increase comes via expanding Medicaid, which decreases their losses from treating citizens without healthcare insurance. It is not about government being in your personal business, it's about you getting help in your own community.
I believe we must do a better job of education and de-escalation of potentially violent situations. Education in methods of conflict avoidance, and anger management are a must in all domestic violence calls. As a Marine, I learned how to kill, and was efficient at dispatching rounds downrange. I am still able to drop 5 rounds from my 30-30 in a nice tight group at 300 yards. I say this to bring awareness to those who say they hunt with an assault rifle. Without the training of the military, your AR-15 is not as effective a weapon as my trusty old 30-30. You must train weekly to maintain efficiency with assault rilfes and I don't see many on any range I go to these days. Now, I can imagine the NRA members will tell all their friends how wrong I am on this. I'm okay with being wrong, after all, it's my opinion and not theirs.
Committee assignments are traditionally handed down by senority. Breaking that would be very difficult given the current climate in the state and national fringe movements currently in power.
100% support being transparent. Of course, when the bill is written by lobbyists, and isn't good for the citizens of Kansas, I can understand why you wouldn't want to be held accountable.
No! We have not given our state agencies adequate funding since the 1970's. The constant "starve it and drown it in a bathtub" mentality has given us the government one cannot trust. I liken it to a self-fulfilling prophesy. For so long, so many anti-government types have had their way electing others who don't like government that we have effectively killed most of what we need from the government. Arthur Dean in a 1937 report to FDR wrote , Government is a human institution… it rests not only on formal arrangements…but even more on attitudes…It is certainly not a machine…What we want is not a streamlined, chromium-trimmed government that looks well in the advertisement, but one that actually delivers the goods in practice." I'm with Arthur Dean on this one.
By providing opportunities for diversity and inclusion. Equity happens when everyone is able to participate.
By finding areas of common interest. For instance, we all want people to be productive, have shelter and be able to meet their own needs. The goals are easy, how we get there is the hard part. I truly believe treating everyone with dignity and respect gets us down the road a ways on most issues. Finding that common ground is the key.
Yes, I have been advocating for this since 1992!