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Kansas State House District 106

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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  • Lisa M. Moser

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    James L Swim

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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?

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Personal Biography My wife, Linda, and I live north of Marysville, and we have two daughters. As a man of faith, I am a member of Immanuel Stateline Lutheran Church, Wymore, Nebraska, and I have served as treasurer while also holding other positions on the church and parish council. The Swim family has been an active part of this great northeast Kansas region for over 3 generations. I grew up working on our family farm and in our family’s meat processing business.
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Education Marysville High School Graduate, 1 year of Community College, 6 years service with the U.S. Army National Guard and Ready Reserve, FRA Licensed Locomotive Engineer, FAA Licensed Private Aviation Pilot,
Community/Public Service My most recent community service project was helping to facilitate and implement a Civic Engagement program for students in our local school district, USD 364. This successful program is now embedded in the curriculum and was accomplished through a bi-partisan effort between the Marshall County Democratic and Republican Parties. I look forward to expanding this program to all school districts in the 106 and eventually statewide. Currently I serve as: • Member of American Legion Post 163 - Executive Committee and Post Service & Legislative Officer. • Marshall County Point of Contact for the Kansas Complete Count committee - 2020 U.S. Census • Chair of Marshall County Democratic Party • State Chair of the County Chair’s Caucus for the Kansas Democratic Party • Marshall County Partnership for Growth - Chair of Rail and Transloading Service committee Previous positions I have held: • Veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Ready Reserve (1977- 1983) • Local Chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - Div. 224 • Employee of Union Pacific railroad for 42 years • President of the Board of Directors - UP Sunflower Federal Credit Union • Chair of the Marshall County Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee • Treasurer for Immanuel Stateline Lutheran Church and Parish Councils • Treasurer of Marysville Area Community Theatre
Address 830 Frontier Rd Marysville, KS 66508
One of my first priorities would be addressing the health and safety needs for Kansas Citizens as they return to normal / productive activities. A clear and consistent message of COVID safety practices has to be conveyed to our local governments and our State and Federal Representatives should lead by example. State Economic Recovery is a first priority as well. The Federal CARES Act and SPARK Program should target funds where they can provide the most productive assistance during this recovery process.
In 2018 US District Judge Julie Robinson ruled that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of US citizenship when registering to vote. I agree with this ruling However, I would not support a total overturn of the SAFE Act. I believe it appropriate to require some form of State or Federal ID when requesting a voting ballot during the Primary or General Elections. This would help the election officers and/or poll workers who track and vaildate voter records during these elections. I also believe it helps to create public trust in the system. You are required to carry and use your drivers license or other form of ID when requesting many services public and private. Requesting a voting ballot or voting at a polling station on election day should be no different.
It is unfortunate the 2020 Kansas Legislative session would not allow this vital program out of committee for consideration and debate. We need to overcome the special interest roadblocks on this issue. I support Medicaid expansion in Kansas. The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas provides some interesting data concerning Medicaid Expansion and shows that it can be tailored for state implementation. For example, Kansas could require that beneficiaries share the cost of premiums and out of pocket expenses, have incentives for healthy behaviors and give referrals to job training. Currently 150,000 Kansans fall into what is called the “Coverage Gap” where they have too much income to qualify for Medicaid but do not have employer health benefits and/or simply cannot afford to purchase their own.
I support responsible firearm ownership and believe the open or conceal carry issue should be controlled at the local level of government. An individual’s 2nd amendment rights should not override another person’s right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” as stated in The Declaration of Independence. Firearm ownership requires a high level of personal and social responsibility. I will work with local and state law enforcement agencies to develop a commonsense system of firearm training programs for youth and adults. I also support thorough criminal background checks to protect the public from the illegal use of firearms.
At this time one party has a veto override majority in the Kansas Legislature which limits the ability to force legislation out of committee along with the establishment of rules to control Committee leadership. Hopefully, after the November General Election, there will be a balance of power within the legislature to provide for a better process of committee control.
Yes, I believe a more open and transparent system would help to push back on special interest influence in the legislative process.
There has to be more effective funding of these services in order for them to fulfill their missions. These programs provide a vital service to families and children in need. I believe flexibility in use of funds within these service groups is one way to help in targeting assistance where it is needed.
By listening to the communities they represent and communicating with the public leaders in those communities regarding issues of concern.
First we need to separate ourselves from the special interest organizations that influence the legislative process and our thoughts on opposing views. There needs to be a common goal where mutual agreement can be found and where a respectful dialog can be started. People normally tend to avoid the hard conversations which makes problems more difficult to solve when they occur. Our first priority should be representing Kansas Citizens and serving them.

Absolutely Yes, this would be the best way to solve the gerrymandering problem in a non-political fashion.