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Kansas State House District 102

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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    Jason Probst
    (Dem)

  • John Whitesel
    (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 Jason Probst represents the 102nd District in the Kansas House of Representatives. He currently serves on the leadership team for the Rural Revitalization Committee, and is a member of the House Commerce and Agriculture Committees. He also is a member of the Kansas Geological Survey Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Council on Travel and Tourism, and the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion. Prior to serving in the Kansas Legislature, Probst worked as news editor for The Hutchinson News.
Campaign Address 13 E. Sherman
P.O. Box 3262
Campaign Phone (620) 259-3972
Campaign Web Site http://probstforprogress.com
Education BS in Managment
Community/Public Service Board member Milestone Club Former board member, New Beginnings Transitional Housing. Director of the Reno County Fatherhood Initiative. Allen School PTO president Volunteer
Address P.O. Box 3262 Hutchinson, KS 67504
The first priority must be the health and safety of Kansans, followed closely by the need protect Kansas from financial instability and fallout created by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have to ensure our state is healthy, physically and economically, and is in a good position to move forward once this global outbreak is more under control.
Yes. I don't support anything that serves as a barrier to qualified voters having the chance to vote. Turnout is typically far below ideal, and we should all want broader participation in our government. I would support allowing permanent advance mail ballots for anyone who wants to vote in that manner. I would support flexibility in voting locations. I don't mind some basic level of effort to ensure voters are qualified to vote in an election, but I do not support anything that is a barrier to registering to vote, or to voting. I think electronic voting systems must be open and accessible for public accountability.
I am an advocate of expanded Medicaid. It will help our rural hospitals and heath care infrastructure, and it will create jobs. It will also provide health coverage to many working Kansans who otherwise can't afford coverage. The evidence is resounding from other states that have accepted expansion - it is good for families, good for the health care system, and good for the economy. We also need to advance legislation that provides more flexibility to rural health centers, so they can re-imagine their facilities in a way that can continue to serve rural Kansas, in a way that is more financially secure.
I support the second amendment and the right for individuals to bear arms. However, there are opportunities for common sense reform that can work better to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. I think the concealed carry permitting process we have in place is good, but we've expanded that in a way that anyone can legally carry a concealed weapon without training or licensing. We also should take a hard look at what we can do to prevent gun violence in schools, to protect our children from gun violence.
Committee Chairs should be directly elected by the committees. The power of the Speaker and the Senate President to remove chairs from their positions allows too much power to be concentrated in too few hands. Alternatively, it would be appropriate to create a mechanism where the committee could override an attempt by the speaker to change committee chairs.
I think we can always work toward better transparency. I support more transparency in government, and I'd like better explanations from the majority leaders about why they decline to debate certain bills, while others seem to race to the top of the stack.
No. For years our systems have been defunded to the point that they can't operate effectively when they're most needed. The most egregious recent example is the Department of Labor. As more people required access to the unemployment system, we learned our system was grossly antiquated, working on a 1970's era mainframe computer. As a result of years of willful neglect, the solution will likely cost the state more - because we had to bring an old system up to handle emergency demand, and we'll still need to address upgrades to the system. We need to do a better job of building incremental progress and upgrades into the budget to make sure we can stay up to date on these important technological advances.
We have to place these elements at the core of our decisions. We have to actively ask ourselves if the laws we pass meet this criteria, or if they are leaving some Kansans out. Our economy and society function better when it's inclusive, diverse, and equitable. Our policies should bear that in mind.
We have to lead by example. If we call ourselves leaders, then we have to stop serving solely our bases and work authentically to develop policies and solutions that are good for more Kansans. We launched a civility initiative last session, which I thought was a great step toward normalizing the idea that we need to understand one another and work together. We need more of that. But we also need to speak honestly with our constituents, and stop treating politics and governance as a sport to be won or lost.
Yes. It's baffling to me that we still give this job to legislators. This should be a non-partisan job that bases decisions around the realities of where people live, and the communities and interests they share. Gerrymandering should have no place in Kansas.
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