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Kansas State House District 2

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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  • Kenneth Collins
    (Rep)

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    Lynn D. Grant
    (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 Lynn Grant was raised in what she like to refer to as “old Overland Park.” She came to Southeast Kansas to attend college, met her husband, Bob Grant, and never left. She and Bob lived in Cherokee, KS for 42 years, moving to Frontenac in 2011. Lynn was employed by District 247 in Cherokee for 20 years, 3 as a para and 17 as school secretary. Lynn was elected to the Cherokee City Council and served for 12 years. She was elected to the City Council in Frontenac in 2017.
Campaign Phone (620) 249-2676
Campaign Email grantforkansans@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://grantforkansans.com
Education St. Teresa's Academy (high school) KC, MO Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS BA English, post grad Education courses
Community/Public Service , Lynn was elected to the Cherokee City Council and served for 12 years. She was elected to the City Council in Frontenac in 2017 and is currently serving a four year term. Lynn also serves the Southeast Kansas area in the following memberships: Big Brutus Board member, Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sacred Heart Church & Altar Society, Elm Acres Foundation Board, PSU Alumni Association, Chicopee Foundation.
Address 202 S. Appleton Frontenac, KS 66763
Keeping the economy going, yet doing that safely. I don't think that many people are accepting the fact that Covid-19 is real and not going away. Even more education must be provided about transmission and that survival doesn't mean a person is healed.
Yes, I would support the overturn of Kris Kobach's SAFE Act. It increases the burden of voters to provided unnecessary papers to prove they are able to vote. The birth certificate requirement put undue hardship because of having to pay fees to obtain copies. Not everyone has access to this certificate and some never had one. The overturn of the proof of US citizenship was a step in the right direction. I believe that voting should not be a chore for citizens. That is why I also believe that voting by mail should be available to all.
Medicaid must be expanded. We are losing billions of our tax dollars by not doing what is right for those caught in the gap. It would provided at the least, preventive care, wellness visits to detect serious health issues. Organizations like Community Health Care of Southeast Kansas are excellent examples of keeping and bringing affordable health care to areas that have lost hospitals and physician services.
I don't like the term "gun control" as I think it leads to people thinking their guns will be taken away. I would like to see more restrictions on licensing and perhaps waiting periods. Neither side has reached a point where they can actually reasonably compromise on anything. Do I think assault rifles should be in grocery stores? no!
I can't really say as I am not well versed in this issue. I do believe that since the Chamber leaders appoint committee leadership that they should let them do their jobs.
Yes! It is abhorrent that one chairman of a committee or one person in a leadership position can hold up bills because they personally don't like them or because of the party that introduced the bill. Our representatives and senators are hired to work for their constituents not lobbyists or anyone unduly attempting to influence them for favors.
I believe that it is not always a funding problem, but the way the money is spent. Case in point, the recent news that $21 billion was withheld from foster care contractors and children ended up sleeping in department offices, went "missing" or were rapidly in and out of foster homes. Another case is the attempt to sell $10 million dollars worth of computers that had been stored due to a decision not to use them for a tech storage system that proved too costly. Then there is the case of the Department of Labor using an outdated 40 year old computer system. Bad enough but then Covid hit and unemployment claims hit and caused a huge snafu. Leaders must be more responsible with our tax money.
First, they must meet with open minds. This is not a partisan issue and should not be made into one. I believe that successful representation requires listening, an open mind, sharing ideas and compromise. Get out of their offices in the statehouse and get to work on these issues.
I wish there was an answer. My husband was a state representative for 20 years. He often spoke of socializing with other legislators free of partisanship. He had many good friends across the aisle. In 2010 that seemed to change dramatically. Freshmen legislators actually asked if they should talk to members of the other party. I think they need to remember that they are people first and care about that. They are all there to serve their constituents and do what is best for Kansans.(or should be) Argue on the floor but, at the end of the day, don't make it personal.
Not much ever gets worked out by the Legislature doing the redistricting themselves. Too much pettiness and partisanship gets in the way. In 2011, redistricting ended up in the courts. This didn't satisfy everyone but it was more equal than what came out of the Legislature. It may be something to consider, a little impartiality never hurts.