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Kansas State House District 60

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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    Todd Maddox
    (Dem)

  • Mark A. Schreiber
    (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 A lifelong Kansan, he was born and raised in Emporia and earned his degree at Wichita State and now works in the district for a healthcare software company on training and design development. Todd Maddox lives in Emporia with his spouse, a public-school teacher. He has spent much of his spare time giving back to the community, volunteering with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and Big Brothers Big Sisters program and donating to other causes whenever possible.
Campaign Address PO Box 434
Emporia, KS 66801
Campaign Phone (620) 412-8891
Campaign Email maddoxforkansas@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.maddoxforkansas.com
Education Bachelors, Wichita State University
Community/Public Service Big Brothers Big Sisters Ronald McDonald House
Address PO Box 434 Emporia, KS 66801
My first priority would be expanding Medicaid so that during a health and economic crisis that we currently are facing, Kansans (an estimated 140,000-160,000) would have health insurance to protect both their health and finances during these challenging times.
We absolutely do need to ensure the integrity of our elections and ensure only those who are qualified to vote, can vote. With that being said, we need to make sure as many Kansans as possible are taking part in elections of our legislators. We need to make sure voting is easier for those who are registered, not harder. The SAFE Act was not something that aimed to make voting more inclusive.
I am wholeheartedly behind expanding Medicaid for Kansans. Our current legislators have waited far too long to accept these federal dollars that we have been sending out of state for years. Not only would this improve the healthcare and quality of life of Kansans, it would help to ensure that health care in rural areas continues. As we have seen in recent years, partially due to the lack of compensation from the federal and state authorities, we have had hospitals and medical clinics close. This is not in the best interests of our state in a physical nor fiscal sense.
Gun violence is a tragedy that effects all of us, even if you don’t know the victims of such tragedies. The societal costs associated with investigating, charging, locking up those who have committed such heinous acts are costs that we all bear. We need to be open to gathering more data on these incidents so that we can find the best ways to address them.
Committee leadership should be voted on by the entire house and senate chambers with a goal of reaching a majority of those in that particular chamber. Committee leadership should not be given to legislators as a political favor, but rather should be done with the intent to provide the best end result for citizens of our state. Furthering goals of corporate donors is something that can be seen done currently, with results that are not in the best interests of Kansans at heart. This absolutely needs to change.
Absolutely, as has been often said before, “sunshine is often the best disinfectant.” Bringing light and transparency to the goings-on in our statehouse can only work to further the goal of making our government more responsive to those who we are elected to serve. How this is designed is certainly open for debate, but I am open to making this available as soon as humanly possible, keeping in mind we may need to tweak it going forward to ensure it is easy and accessible for citizens and reporters to get to.
Obviously, DCF and the Departments of Labor and Education are not able to adequately meet the needs of those that they are set out to serve. We should work to not only address the backlog of equipment and software needs of these departments, but we should work to ensure that they are setup to meet future requirements and goals after a deep consultation with those both at those departments and those who are receiving services and guidance from them.
These issues are something that are not something that will be solved overnight but is something we should all work towards furthering statewide. Making sure our elected legislators are as diverse as the state is a key way to address this. We should encourage those across the political and socioeconomic spectrum to run for public office, join local committees making recommendations and decisions and so on. Including those from all walks of life is key to making our government work for everyone, not just the moneyed few.
We need to work together to solve the common issues among those across the state. State senators and representatives shouldn’t be using their position to score political points or work to benefit those companies and corporations that donated so generously to their election campaigns. State senators and representatives should do what they are sent there to do by the people…work for the people in their districts.
I would wholeheartedly support an impartial committee that is representative of our state as a whole to draw the districts that are coming about due to the census. Your legislators should not draw districts that benefit them politically. Rather they should draw districts that are relatively equal in population and interests to best benefit all Kansans.
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