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Kansas State House District 67

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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    Cheryl A. Arthur
    (Dem)

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    Mike Dodson
    (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 Cheryl was born in Springfield, MO. After graduating from what is now called Missouri State, her first teaching job was in Brisbane, Australia. After teaching for 6+ years she returned to teach high school math, chemistry, and physics and to coach girl's basketball. She spent the last ten years of her career as a high school administrator. Cheryl is a fifth, 5th, generation teacher!
Campaign Phone (785) 317-0922
Campaign Web Site http://cherylforkansas.com
Education Cheryl holds Master’s and Specialist degrees in Secondary Administration. As a secondary teacher of traditionally male subjects math, chemistry, and physics, she took a special interest in promoting the education of females in these areas. As a high school administrator, she actively encouraged women teachers to seek certification in school administration. As a former administrator for various schools for ten years, one of Cheryl’s top priorities in protecting public education funding and ensuring a quality education for Kansas students at all levels. She profoundly believes that our students are the future of Kansas. They must be provided with the skills and opportunities to support and grow our Kansas way of life and our economy.
Community/Public Service As an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, she currently is serving her 4th year as President of the United Methodist Women – an organization working for women, children, and youth focusing on social issues. Her unit (~150 women) raises $8000 annually to support social justice issues, internationally and in the Manhattan community. She is an active member of Chapter IW, PEO and served on the Community Garden Board. In local politics, Cheryl was a campaign volunteer for elected officials in Riley County and attended two Legislative days, advocating on issues of concern to Manhattan and State Representatives. She also participated in the last two LEAF (Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith) events, working with the Legislature on social justice issues in Kansas.
Address 2813 Nevada St. Manhattan, KS 66502
First, we must address the health and safety of Kansans. Local health departments may need extra help with protective equipment, testing, and personnel for tracing. I would advocate for increased Federal funding for testing since the current Administration is withdrawing funding. I would also work to ensure that every Kansan that wants a test for COVID-19 could get one, with or without an order from a doctor. Second, we would need to address the economic impact on State and local governments.
I would want to overturn the SAFE Act. The SAFE Act made Kansas the first state requiring three elements to vote; photo I.D, KS driver’s license with verified signature, and the egregious proof of citizenship. Federal law already requires that to register, the voter must affirm citizenship. Kobach’s citizenship requirement was overturned in Federal Court in June of 2018 after a series of lawsuits costing Kansans millions of tax dollars. The lack of evidence and cases of voter fraud in Kansas points to the continued use of such laws to prevent the participation of racial minorities and women. Consistency in voting practices could prevent what happened in Dodge City when the County Clerk refused to open a number of polling places thus preventing access to voting. The whole point is to provide access to voting to encourage every citizen to vote, not to prevent citizens from exercising their right to vote.
Yes, I support Medicaid Expansion. Medicaid Expansion would give nearly 150,000 Kansans access to healthcare. This is the humane reason to support Medicaid Expansion. The logical reason is that Kansas lost ~$1 billion in Federal funding to pay for this Expansion, each of the last two years. The Rural Health Information Hub indicates that 9% of Kansans lack health care. For those without insurance, the emergency room is the only option for preventative care as well as acute care. Rural hospitals are especially hard- hit by emergency room care by the uninsured because it is uncompensated. Rural hospitals lack equipment for testing and face shrinking numbers of doctors. Twenty-five percent of Kansans live in rural areas while only 10% of Kansas doctors practice in rural areas. A solution would be to make rural Family Practice more attractive to medical school students. This could be done by grant money for tuition enticing students early, shadowing by high schoolers, mentoring by doctors.
As a child, I hunted on our farm property and was taught gun safety and appreciation by my parents and grandparents. It never occurred to me to want to use a gun against another human. Times are very different when guns are purchased specifically to kill others (you do not use assault weapons to hunt). My position is that we require common sense gun control legislation. We must close the gun show loophole on background checks. We also need legislation against weapons and attachments that promote efficient killing of human beings.
The Rules for the Kansas House and Senate state that the House Speaker and the Senate President appoint the committee chair and vice-chair of each standing committee. Changes to House Rules require an affirmative vote by a majority of its members. Resolutions to amend/adopt/revoke (a/a/r) must be sent by the Speaker to the standing Committee on Rules and Journal where it can’t be tabled or reported on adversely without unanimous vote of committee members. Once out of this committee, the resolution to a/a/r can be voted on by the House. Senate rules to a/a/r are slightly different. Rules may be a/a/r only with a 2/3 majority of Senate and any motion to a/a/r must have unanimous consent of Senate unless one day’s notice is given in open session. Before the session starts there are rules for each chamber on how to present rule changes.
Yes, I would support rule changes to allow transparency in determining which bills are heard/debated/voted on. The Speaker of the House appoints the committee chairs and vice chairs of standing, select, and Committee of the Whole. According to " Legislative Procedures in Kansas", the House and Senate have fairly clear procedures on how committees are assigned to a bill with timelines for consideration.
I don’t really have enough information to determine whether or not the current funding level is appropriate. It does appear that, for a very long time, capital assets were being denied funding. Whether this was bad planning on the part of those departments or refusal by the Legislature to fund assets, I can’t say.
I believe that a first step would be a joint binding resolution by the House and Senate on their commitment to anti-racism and anti-discrimination. This would indicate to Kansans that the Legislature intends to act in an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory manner. We can no longer tolerate racism and discrimination in any facet of our government, be it local, state, or Federal. The Legislature has a role to play in the resources used by localities for community protection and for delivering social services.
One of my reasons in running for the House is to TRY to get Republicans and Democrats to work together. With shrinking numbers of moderates of both parties in the House and Senate, we need to stop the tactics of “my way or the highway” because Kansas citizens are losing. We are losing in education, in economic development, in agriculture, in equity and inclusion, and on environmental issues. Neither can we, as Kansans, on health and welfare issues, continue to be held hostage for the religious beliefs of a small vocal group of Legislators.
I would totally support an impartial committee to draw legislative districts. The November 2019 amendment to the KS Constitution eliminates the requirement for the state to adjust Federal Census figures when the Legislature redistricts the state. (Old procedures required college and military be counted only in their permanent residences. This is outside the state for thousands of Kansans. In 2010, this resulted in a decrease in population of 13,673 due to military, KU/KSU/FHSU. The population of Riley County dropped by 1.5% Using these population figures, in 2000, the state of Kansas had 10Dems and 30R in the Senate and 46Dems and 79R in House. With gerrymandering of districts in 2011, there are now 8Dems and 32R in the Senate and 33D and 92R in the House, creating super-majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. This situation provides no incentive for bipartisan conversation and action.
Personal Biography Mike Dodson, Lieutenant General USA (Retired), Manhattan, KS. Mike Dodson has served as Mayor and City Commissioner for Manhattan, Kansas and as Chair of the Riley County Law Board. He is a past National Board Chairman of the Armed Services YMCA. He is currently Board Chairman of SAVE (Service Members Agricultural Vocation Education). He retired from Bechtel Corporation as President of Bechtel Equipment Operations Company. He retired as a Lt General after serving in the US Army for 37 years.
Campaign Phone (785) 537-7577
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Education MS, Engineering Kansas State University
Community/Public Service Manhattan City Commissioner 2015 to 2018 Manhattan Mayor 2018 to 2020 Chair, Riley County Law Board
Address 4109 Wellington Drive Manhattan, KS 66503
Getting the state’s economy on a solid footing for 2021, 2022 and formulating a long-term plan for growth. For the near-term develop a plan for dealing with a pandemic to include policy, training, and material stockpiles.
Although we should be intolerant of voter fraud, there has been little evidence presented to substantiate a level of voter fraud that would impact elections. The law should balance a reasonable ease of voting with a level of surety required to minimize fraud.
Medicaid helps with medical costs for people with limited income and resources and in areas not normally covered by Medicare. With an aging population it is important to provide the best medical care we can to our those, like many grandparents who are unable to afford proper care. Providing health care to the rural area requires some innovation, to include providing incentive to medical personnel to provide service on at least a reasonably regional basis, and extending internet connectivity to accommodate telemedicine.
I support the right for citizens to have guns. The right to “bear arms”, as with any right, comes responsibilities. As with any right come responsibilities. We have a murder rate 6 time greater than western Europe. We have over 30,000 deaths per year in the US attributed to guns; 9,000 of those are from suicide and over 10,000 are homicides. Over guns are used in over 100,000 of the nearly 300,000 robberies. Over 1,300 children under 17 are killed and another 5,800 injured. Only 8% of the guns used in crimes are registered. Reasonable requirements of the registration of guns can take care of many of the gun violence problems in the US. We also must address the open carry of guns. As a minimum, the ability to open carry makes the job of our policemen much more difficult.
House and Senate leaders must be allowed some discretion to organize so that the committees can operate efficiently and effectively. Members should be allowed to choose, for example “a top three” committees based on their experience and expertise. Once the committees are assembled, the members can select their own majority and minority members.
An important step will be transparency. The names of those raising bills should be published. Bills raised should have a fair debate in committee. There must however be some ability to meter the number of bills according to the time available. This metering should not be based on ideology, but on merit.
One of the consistent errors managing a business is the lack of funds set aside for continued maintenance. One of the mistakes in past administrations is the cutting of revenue which forced cuts in expenditures to balance the budget. The objective of the budget must be clearly stated in the beginning and then expenditures can be accurately matched to a reasonable expectation of revenue
The steps taken by the current administration have helped bring Kansas more in line with the needs of our citizens. These issues require continued attention so the policies are able to be realized in actions.
There will always be a struggle for power and control. The growing problem has been that each party has increasing believed that their ideology is absolute. The current environment has led to “litmus tests” for members and for candidates inside of each party to ensure they are “pure enough”. Much more emphasis must be on character, intelligence and the ability to represent their constituents. If the focus can be directed toward doing what is required to establish a better future for Kansas perhaps there can be more cooperation.
I would favor any methodology which fairly apportions the districts. I simply do not know enough about how this is currently done to provide an appropriate response.