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Kansas State House District 92

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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    John Carmichael

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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 I was born in Wichita and have lived here all my life. I have lived in the 92nd District for over twenty years. I graduated from Wichita Heights, the University of Kansas, Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Law. I have practiced law in Wichita since 1982. Cheryl and I were married in 1981 and are guardians to two dogs and a fine cat.
Campaign Phone (316) 351-8892
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Education Wichita Heights High School, Diploma '75; University of Kansas, B.G.S '79; Wichita State University, B.S. '80; University of Kansas, J.D. '82
Community/Public Service Past Chair, Kansas Human Rights Commission, Past Chair, Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, Member, Kansas 911 Coordinating Council
Address 1475 N Lieunett St. Wichita, Kansas 67203
Encouraging the use of masks and social distancing to slow the spread of the disease until a safe and effective vaccine is available to everyone.
Yes. The SAFE Act was the brainchild of Kris Kobach and founded on the premise that noncitizens were voting in large numbers in Kansas elections. When put to the test in a federal voting rights lawsuit then Secretary of State Kobach could only come up with a very few instances of improper voting, usually by elderly voters who made simple mistakes. At best he could only show less than five instances of noncitizens voting in Kansas elections over the past 15 years. Meanwhile the "SAFE" act disenfranchised thousands of Kansas voters whose registrations were thrown out. While the court has now invalidated most of the act's provisions, it needs to be stricken from the books, along with the Secretary of State's power to prosecute election crimes. Prosecution of election crimes, rare as they are, should be left to professional prosecutors, not politicians looking to grab headlines.
We should expand Medicaid at the earliest possible opportunity. Our failure to do so has cost Kansas over 4.5 billion dollars and left over 150,000 Kansans uninsured. Meanwhile rural hospitals have closed and doctors have left the state because they cannot afford to provide free medical care to uninsured, working, Kansans. The loss of jobs caused by COVID has compounded the problem because when workers lose their job, they and their families lose their health insurance. When they get sick, they find themselves uninsured and without a paycheck to pay the bills. These problems are not unique to urban areas. It's small hospitals in rural areas that are going broke, expanding Medicaid will help them stay open. Increased use of telemedicine allows specialty consults throughout the state. Even when COVID is controlled, we still need to require insurance companies to pay for telemedicine patient visits. We must continue rural outreach through the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
The Second Amendment is not absolute. Just as I cannot yell "Fire" in a crowded theater and claim the protection of the First Amendment Free Speech Guarantee, nor discriminate against others under the guise of freedom of religion, Anyone should not be allowed to carry any weapon, anywhere, at any time. Convicted felons and mentally unstable persons should not be allowed to carry firearms. Those who feel the need to carry handguns must complete meaningful background checks, receive serious firearms safety training, and demonstrate knowledge of the laws concerning use of firearms and proficiency in their safe use.
Every two years the House and Senate adopt new rules. If changes are to be made they should be made by proposing amendments to the rules at the commencement of the biennial session. Committee chairs could be chosen by majority vote of the members of a committee, but given the current Republican supermajorities in both houses that will not result in different committee leadership since the majority party votes as a block. In short, the only way to meaningfully change the current system is by electing legislators committed to removing the dictatorial power of majority party leadership in the legislature.
Yes, but I would need to see a proposed rule. Not every rule or bill described as a "transparency reform" results in increased transparency. In fact, some proposed "reforms" are wolves in sheep's clothing and would make the current system worse.
The problems at DCF and the Department of Labor are in part the result of allowing governmental infrastructure to age into obsolescence in order to fund the Brownback tax experiment. While Governor Brownback is gone, the damage his tax cuts for wealthy Kansans did remains. Similar damage was done to the experienced, professional, state employees who did the day to day work at these agencies. Large numbers of whom have retired or left state employment. In government, like everything else, we get what we pay for. Until the wealthiest Kansans once again pay their fair share our state will continue to suffer from inefficient, antiquated, infrastructure and underpaid, undertrained and underqualified, state employees.

I am not familiar with the antiquated computer systems at the Department of Education to which you refer, but I do not see that as a major problem facing Kansas. Adequately funding education for children is the priority, not buying new computers.
Government cannot solve every problem. Equity, diversity and inclusion begin in the heart. Through our example and when necessary through legislation we can encourage these societal goals, but laws alone will not solve these problems. That said, the Kansas Act Against Discrimination preceded the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is a good law. We need to revitalize the Kansas Human Rights Commission. For far too long it has done far too little. As the governor makes new appointments to the commission we need more than just caretaker commissioners. The commission's recent decision to process complaints of same gender sex discrimination is an example of the types of changes that need to be made.
Be friends first and partisans second. I have done my best over the past seven years to cultivate friendships across the aisle. In fact, some of my best friends in the legislature are Republicans. By way of example, I serve as the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. The chair and vice chair of the committee are excellent lawyers and we are all good friends. Other members are experts in fields of the law in which I do not regularly practice. We do good work together because we respect each other's legal knowledge a like each other on a personal basis. We can strongly advocate when necessary but more often we find compromise. I'm proud of the committee's accomplishments, even when they are not perfect. I hope that our work, and friendships, can be an example to others.
I'm not familiar with the "amendment" to which you refer. I support and will likely vote for the Governor's proposed nonpartisan reapportionment commission which will probably be in the form of a bill, but it could take the form of an amendment to another bill. The devil is always in the details and I will not commit to voting for "an amendment" I have not seen. I will commit to supporting the formation of a nonpartisan commission to reapportion the Kansas legislature and the Kansas congressional districts.
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