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Kansas State House District 99

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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    Phil Hodson
    (Dem)

  • Susan Humphries
    (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 Rev. Phil Hodson is the pastor of Wichita United Church of Christ and serves on the site council at Robert Martin Elementary in Andover. Phil graduated from Purdue University and Southern Methodist University. He is married to the amazing Joelle and they are the proud parents of Xander, Xane, Xackary, and Daisy, the family Labrador Retriever.
Campaign Address PO Box 642
Andover, KS 67002
Campaign Phone (316) 247-2122
Campaign Email phil@philhodson.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.philhodson.com/
Education B.S. Purdue University 2007 M.Div. Southern Methodist University 2014
Community/Public Service Site Council, Robert Martin Elementary
Address 710 W Fieldstone Ct., Andover, KS 67002
Making sure the Governor has the latitude to make decisions that safeguard the lives of Kansans. We cannot protect the livelihoods of our friends and neighbors if we do not also make sure that lives are protected. The legislature should work alongside the Governor to first protect, then restore, our communities. Restoration of the Governor's executive authority in these matters is an absolute necessity.
The SAFE Act must be overturned and I would vote to do so. In the midst of a pandemic, we need to create safe methods for citizens to participate in our electoral process. Mail-in ballots are a significant step in this direction.
We remain one of only 13 states that have not passed Medicaid expansion, denying help to approximately 152,000 Kansans. With an overwhelming majority of the cost covered y the federal government, Medicaid expansion will also allow Kansas to reallocate existing funds to address other pressing needs from the state budget. Finally, we must support rural hospitals. They remain significant employers and community leaders throughout our state, and Medicaid expansion allows for their continued success.
According to the Giffords Law Center, 125,000 Americans are shot each year. In Kansas, with no requirement of universal background checks or even a permit to carry a handgun above legal age, we are open to dangerous possibilities. To protect one another, we must pass legislation requiring concealed carry permits and firearm owner licensing. Gun dealers must be licensed to operate in Kansas and all firearms must be registered in a database maintained by law enforcement. These are logical steps that do not infringe on an individual's right to own firearms, they simply provide safeguards to all our citizens.
This is an area with which I am currently unfamiliar.
Yes. Our legislators should be accountable for their work. We should know the author of every bill, how each individual legislator votes on a particular item of legislation, and the process by which any piece moves through the legislature. Our legislators are elected to represent the people of their communities and must be accountable through a clear record of their work.
No. Funding should be reconsidered to address current needs. Antiquated computers should be replaced, and we can learn from the work of other states to discern the best system to ensure that unemployment benefits are managed and distributed more effectively. Continuing to work on a system that lacks the young talent to maintain it is unsustainable. This will be a process, but there are others who have gone down this road we can learn from. Given the recent settlement in federal court, DCF will be overhauling the system of short-term and overnight placement for children in care, which is a tremendous step. Being one of two states with a fully privatized system, we should work harder to ensure accountability to provide better opportunities for children in Kansas.
One of the first ways we can address equity is to pass Medicaid expansion. Additionally, we can explore safeguards for employees who get sick in the midst of this pandemic, bolstering not just the computer system but also the access to unemployment benefits. Perhaps a short-term offering for medical leave that will allow employers who do not provide health insurance to low-wage and part-time workers the assurance that talented people can retain the resources they need to recover - through health care and personal income assistance - so that those talented employees can return to their jobs when their health is restored. These are ways that Kansas can be welcoming to a variety of businesses, increasing diversity in the job market in a new and creative way. We can invest in infrastructure, creating well-paying jobs in the labor market that will increase the potential size of our labor market by encouraging new business development in our communities as a result of easier access.
In pastoral ministry, I find a simple process most effective: First, actively listen to one another. Our legislators must seek an understanding of both the issues and our divergent perspectives in order to construct and maintain effective working relationships. Thoughtful consideration should be given to facts and potential solutions in order to find common agreement. And that agreement should lead to the delivery of decisive action on behalf of the people we serve.
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