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Kansas State House District 40

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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  • David W. French
    (Rep)

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    Joana Scholtz
    (Dem)

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?

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Personal Biography My name is Joana Scholtz. I am a U.S. Army veteran, retired teacher, 23 year resident of District 40, and mother of a 2006 Lansing High School graduate.
Campaign Phone (913) 702-4028
Campaign Email ksdistrict40@gmail.com
Education I graduated in 1975 from Gage Park High School in Chicago, Illinois. I graduated in 1979 from Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian Studies, and in 2001 obtained a Masters of Education in Special Education at University of Missouri, Kansas City.
My top legislative priority is expanding Medicaid for working Kansans. We will fund the majority of the program with the money from the federal government that we have been refusing because the majority of our legislators have not wanted to comply with the Affordable Care Act rules. I will work with other representative to develop a bipartisan plan to cover the rest of the cost of the program.
Government issued ID at the polls is redundant because we have to use a government issued ID to register to vote. Citizens should be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18.
Medicaid expansion will ensure that 150,000 hardworking Kansans can afford to pay for quality healthcare and create about 4,000 new jobs over 5 years in the health industry. The program will be paid for with 90% federal and 10% Kansas dollars.
I support gun safety legislation. I support expanding background checks for all gun sales. Rather than adding to the responsibilities of teachers, we should be doing more to teach conflict resolution to students at all grade levels, and hire more trained security personnel in schools. Gun ownership is a constitutional right of all Americans and requiring a license adds an undue burden on state and local governments. I think it is better to invest our resources in background checks to keep guns out of the hands of unsafe people.
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I support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting.