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Kansas State House District 3

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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    Monica Murnan
    (Dem)

  • Charles (Chuck) Smith
    (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 Monica Murnan is a licensed teacher and school administrator who serves the 3rd District in the Kansas House of Representatives. She has extensive experience in community collaboration, early childhood systems and family supports. She works at the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center and lives in Pittsburg with her husband of 33 years, Rob. They have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.
Campaign Phone (620) 249-7149
Campaign Email monica.murnan@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://monicaforkansas.com
Education BS Education PSU MS Education PSU Licensed K-8, Building Level and District Level Administrator
Community/Public Service Past Service: City Commission, Rotary, Salvation Army, Library Board, Friends of PHS Performing Arts, Community Health Center of SEK Founder, Wesley House Current: YMCA, Children's Cabinet, Crawford County Recovery Task Force
Address 1313 Mallory Court Pittsburg, KS 66762
My first priority in the next legislative session would be to support the ongoing work of the Governor's Office through the agencies and the Office of Recovery. They have been working diligently since declaring the emergency and have made significant progress. They need legislative support, not a fight from the legislature. Also, the budget will need immediate attention in January.
We need to make voting easier not harder. All barriers need to be removed. I also believe there are many County Clerks across the state that need support and need resources to maximize voter turnout.
I have and will continue to support Medicaid Expansion. It's time, we need to quit talking about it and take a vote. I am proud to have been part of the Telemedicine Act in 2017 that has helped us so much during the pandemic. It's a great way to help rural areas access care. It's also very patient friendly to our rural neighbors.
I beleive in laws and regulations that support reasonable gun safety. I come from a school perspective and see where we aren't doing all we can to protect our kids. We can do better without anyone losing their rights.
This is one of the biggest negative issues I have experienced in my four years of service. Most citizens don't understand how committees are formed and controlled by a small group of people. It's really unbelievable. It's got to get better.
I would absolutely support changes that would improve transparency. It's really three people making these decisions and that's not representation.
Our agencies are experiecing what any business or organization does when it's been starved for eight years. As a state we didn't adequately fund the infrastructure of our agencies in order to support the Brownback Tax Experiment. Now we are suffering for it....the citizens are suffering. We must slowing build the systems back up and while rebuilding add efficiencies and updated poliices.
1. Talk about it. 2. Take action to have a diverse group of people run for office. 3. Update policies and procedures to ensure our state workforce is diverse. 4. Update policies and procedures to ensure those who receive state funds are addressing the need. 5. Keep talking about it and begin doing something about it.
By being brave and just doing it. So many worry from day 1 about be re-elected. That needs to stop.
I absolutely would.
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