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Kansas State House District 45

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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    Mike Amyx
    (Dem)

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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 Born and raised in Lawrence, Ks. Wife Marilyn and I have one grown son Chris. Owner/President/Operator Amyx Barbershop 842 1/2 Mass. Lawrence, Kansas. I started my career at the shop in 1975.
Campaign Phone (785) 691-6217
Campaign Email realmikeamyx@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://mikeamyx.com
Education 1971 graduate Lawrence High School and graduated from Farrell Academy of Barbering 801 Walnut KCMO in 1975.
Community/Public Service Lawrence City Commission 1983-88 Douglas County Commissioner 1988-93 Lawrence City Commission 2005-18 Mayor, City of Lawrence 6 terms Chair, Douglas County Commission 2 terms Kansas State Representative, 45th Dist. 2018-present Lawrence Memorial Hospital Trustee 2017-18 Kansas State Board of Barbering 2 terms 1st United Methodist Church Trustee 2014-present
Address 501 Lawrence Ave. Lawrence, KS 66049
We need to work on the budget to address the shortfalls caused by the adverse economics of Covid-19. We need to make decisions that will be least harmful to the Kansas population. We need to address what cuts, if any, will help offset the loss of revenue.
I never would have supported the SAFE Act. The previous system worked for decades and I have yet to see a widespread documented need for change.
Access to adequate health care is a necessity for ALL Kansans. Rural areas are hardest struck when it comes to availability of health care. I would certainly be in favor of expanding Medicaid in Kansas; in fact, I worked during the past session to accomplish such. Our rural areas, as would others, would benefit greatly in assuring health care access. I have long advocated that we need to provide high speed internet to all areas of Kansas. With that, the statewide implementation of tele-medicine, which has already proven utilitarian during the Covid-19 crisis, could be a partial solution.
I have always been a supporter of hunter’s and collector’s rights. But I have a tremendous concern about the number of assault weapons on our streets. I believe we have been too lenient with gun laws. Guns do not belong in schools or on campuses.
Attempts have been made in the past to make substantive changes to procedures without success. But, somehow, people, regardless of affiliation, need to work together for the benefit of all Kansans.
Yes, almost anything in the name of transparency. Our state should not be ruled by one or two leaders dictating the debate of issues.
In short, no. Insofar as DCF is concerned, I look forward to Secretary Howard’s recommendations of priorities regarding the needs of DCF. The recent difficulties of the Departments of Labor and Education have illustrated the shortcomings of our technological funding. The difficulty will be in finding revenues during these hard times to alleviate those issues.
We can lead by example. We have to do everything we can to make people feel equity. Unfortunately, as much I wished it would happen now, it will not. If it took more than 70 years before the acceptance of a no-brainer like women’s suffrage, we can’t expect immediate change. But we can lead by determined education and enlightenment.
The elected people need to want to work together. Ideas need to be heard with respect and interest in doing what’s best for all Kansans. We need to follow the leadership of our famous Kansan President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and work across the aisle to make Kansas an even better state
I would be in favor of such a proposition. It is the responsibility of the Legislature to redistrict without the partisan gerrymandering known to occur in the past. Additionally, we absolutely do not want a return to judicial redistricting, which has also occurred.