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Kansas State House District 78

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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    Kathy Meyer
    (Dem)

  • Ron Ryckman
    (Rep)

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?

Personal Biography Kathy Meyer is a life-long resident of Johnson County. She is an elementary teacher who just completed 38 years in education. Kathy grew up as one of 7 children on a farm which is now part of District 78. She is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and Mid America Nazarene University. Besides teaching, Kathy has just wrapped up 5 years as President of Olathe NEA. She volunteers with various activities around Olathe. Kathy also served on the Olathe Public Schools Foundation board
Campaign Address 15384 S Darnell St
Campaign Phone (913) 553-0339
Campaign Email meyerforkansas@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.meyer4kansas.com
Education BS - Pittsburg State University; MS - Mid America Nazarene University
Community/Public Service recent service incudes: Olathe Public Schools Foundation, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, volunteer at various fun runs and food drives, Blood Platelet Donor
Address 15384 S Darnell St Olathe, KS 66062-3354
Expanding medicaid so everyone in Kansas has access to affordable health care coverage. Fully funding public schools so students and staff can safely return to schools for 2020-21 school year.
The SAFE Act brought many unneccesary burdens on Kansans. I would be in favor of overturning it. I do not believe there was any proof that the requirements made by Kobach and others was needed and may have kept some voters away from the polls. Kansas has available early voting opportunities that I believe need to be expanded to every county to make voting accessible to everyone. I would support moving voting by mail to be the norm and automatically become the choice once application is made if voters wish to take advantage of that without any reason given. Reregistering each election is a waste of time for these citizens.
I favor Medicaid expansion. Kansas is leaving money on the table by not expanding it. It is possible that Kansans might find overall health to improve and costs to be lower like other states (Louisiana and Arkansas, for example) have found once it was expanded in their states. This might also help retain the smaller hospitals available in rural parts of Kansas.
Gun control is necessary because it has become too common place to see school shootings and randon people killed with no apparent end to the violence in our society. I am interested in finding safer ways to handle guns and be sure that appropriately trained gun owners are able to hunt but I do not see a need for military style weapons in the hands of average citizens. The key words are "appropriately trained" which means gun owners need to not only know how to use the weapon safely but also understand safe and appropriate storage of these weapons.
It seems as though leadership provides committee leadership to those who they see as a "favor" for voting with them on bills. I would like to see the House and Senate rules be changed so the body of the committee choose who will lead that committee to assure the best leader is in place to guide the work of the committee. This person should not be beholden to either party but to the people of Kansas to do what is best for everyone on the issues brought forth to consider each year.
I would like there to be a more transparent way for proposed bills to be heard, debated, and voted on. It appears the past few years that many good bills that are appropriate and needed by Kansans are blocked when leadership does not allow the bill to move forward for consideration. This results in very little being accomplished each year. This needs to change and I would have to investigate the best way to approach changes.
Much of the computer systems being used in Topeka are old and beyond repair. Although there would be a cost to it, we must get these systems updated to allow for more responsive use for DCF and foster care in particular. The children who are falling through the cracks deserve better. Each agency is doing the best it can with the funding it is provided. Most are in desparate need of upgraded systems which would incur cost. With Covid-19, we cannot easily say where the money could come from but we MUST do better for the children in our state.
Every person needs to feel valued for who they are. All must have the ability to live where they wish, have housing available, be served in restaurants, and be afforded civil liberties. Having a state policy of inclusion prevents the patchwork approach of counties or cities making their own separate policies.
Senators and Representatives need to remember why they are in the legislature. The work entails bringing issues forward, discussing them, compromising and working together for the benefit of the citizens of our great state. Talking civily and being willing to compromise is the ultimate need and expectation of every Senator and Rep in the capitol.
Yes, I'd like to see an impartial committee help draw the new legislative districts in Kansas following census completion. I am against gerrymandering.
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