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Kansas State House District 119

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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  • Bradley C. Ralph
    (Rep)

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    Jan Scoggins
    (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 I was born and reared in Dodge City, returning later in my adult life to be near my parents. I just completed a six term as a City Commissioner, vice-mayor, one year. For 15 years as a long-term care ombudsman I advocated for those in nursing homes. I was Executive Director of the Dodge City Crisis Center, six years, establishing Meadowlark House Child Advocacy Center, and recently the Salvation Army of Dodge City’s Consultant for Capital Campaign until COVID-19 affected the program.
Campaign Phone (316) 835-0679
Education Graduated Suma cum Laude. BGS Wichita State University,
Community/Public Service Mission of Mercy Oral Health Clinic, Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group, Board of Carnegie Center for the Arts, Board of High Plains Public Radio, Board of Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Board of Community Concerts Association, Rural Broadband Task Force, State Highway Commission, President of Rotary Club, Santa Fe Trail Association, St. Cornelius Episcopal Church
Address PO Box 835 Dodge City, KS 67801
My first priority will be to focus on every Kansan having access to affordable and dependable broadband. Every aspect of life is now dependent on internet coverage. We need internet for education at home, tele-medicine, making appointments, ordering groceries, scholarship applications, job applications, and the list goes on and on. I served on a Rural Broadband Task Force that identified this situation for Kansas. Under the Brownback Administration it was dissolved. I believe that the Kansan that lives in a far remote rural area should have the same access to the internet as the Kansan in a city. Access to broadband is essential.
Yes, I would definitely support overturning the SAFE Act. These current requirements of identification are burdensome, particularly to those in our long-term care facilities. I support a combination of mail-in voting, extension of hours for in-person voting, the number of days available for advanced voting, and would consider automatic registration on an individual's 18th birthday, just as it is for other civic responsibilities and duties. Democracy is to include all, and not shut citizens out.
Though above I listed my first priority for COVID-19 Crisis as Broadband, my very first priority as a candidate for House District 119 is Medicaid Expansion. Medicaid expansion provides economic prosperity for every city, county and state. Public Health is essential to the health, well-being of every community. I attended the very first meeting Alliance for a Healthy Kansas that was held in Dodge City and was astonished that this was not immediately embraced by every elected official. Coming from the perspective as a resident of Ford County/Dodge City, it is estimated Medicaid Expansion will create approximately 316 jobs in Ford County and approximately 1,839 individuals will have health coverage. Additionally it is expected to bring $12 million dollars to our county. I find it irresponsible of our elected officials in Topeka to have not passed this important piece of legislation, particularly when over and over, the voters say they want it.
Gun ownership is a responsibility. Our country has focused solely on the rights of anyone to have a gun. A gun is a lethal weapon. Training, education, registering, and renewing the registration should be implemented. We have now become a nation of a parent worrying about letting their child go to play at another home. Are the guns locked up? Is the ammunition stored separately? What happens to the gun if the owner becomes demented or has Traumatic Brain Injury, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? The scenarios play over and over throughout our nation. I believe this needs to be addressed by congress, as all states need to have the same requirements of gun ownership responsibility.
In 63 of the nation's 99 legislative chambers, the committee chairs are appointed by the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House. This is incredible power given to one party. I would support having a balance of power through a management/rules committee determine the committee leadership. Another possibility would be for the committee members select the chair by secret ballot.
Absolutely yes!
Our current agencies are not funded adequately to provide adequate service for our citizens. Ideas for efficiency should come from those doing the direct care work. In Kansas we have privatized way too much of the foster care system as well as Medicaid. Privatizing has not shown the anticipated efficiency, nor fairness to the employees. Budgeting is difficult and agencies all vie for the same money. Much like Governor Kelly's IKE program, priorities must be made and regular evaluations of the plans need to be revisited every 18 months. I would suggest task-forces be made up of front-line workers and their suggestions be considered in the decision making.
Embracing the "Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you" comes to mind when addressing diversity, equality, and inclusion. Scriptures from every spiritual book and religion speaks to treating others as you would want to be treated. When voices are not heard nor given credibility, it becomes the acceptable norm and status quo continued to rein. Legislators must step back and put themselves in the place of those who are adversely affected by group bias. As a representative I would regularly remind others that every opinion counts.
If I could do anything to make a different I would remove the aisle! If Representatives and Senators were to sit among one another, instead of on either side of an aisle, they would get to knowing one another, understand other perspectives on a position, work together, and the result would be a far better ability to govern as a body truly representing Kansans. This will not happen but if it were somehow tried several time in the legislative session, it would make a difference. There needs to be a way for all members of the governing body to strip away the idea of supporting only their political party's position and look for the common good for the State of Kansas.
Yes, I am definitely in favor of an impartial committee to draw new legislative districts in Kansas.