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    Larry Joseph Dreiling

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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 International award winning agricultural journalist. Traveled to more than 30 states and 20 foreign countries listening to and telling the stories of farmers and ranchers. Experience in coverage of farm and rural policy debates. Deep understanding of northwest Kansas. Former president of two national journalism organizations. Former president of two area Rotary Clubs. Alumni award recipient, Fort Hays State University. Adjunct faculty member, FHSU.
Campaign Address PO Box 1309
Campaign Phone (785) 623-7356
Campaign Web Site
Education Dual B.S., 1980, Political Science and Communications, Fort Hays State University. M.S., 1985, Communications, FHSU
Community/Public Service Hays Noon Rotary Club, membership began 2000, president 2007-08. Hays Sunrise Rotary Club, membership began 2017, president 2017-present. Fort Hays State University Alumni Association, board member 1999-2010. Hays Chamber of Commerce, member 2000-present.
Address PO Box 1309, Hays, KS 67601
It would depend on the problems facing Kansas on the second Tuesday of January. We didn't know what was going to happen two weeks ago, so considering a single legislative priority on Inauguration Day would be presumptuous of me. I would like to see us expand Medicaid ASAP, but we may something in regards to a medical emergency to consider first.
I support the repeal of the SAFE Act. If anything, I want to create more opportunities for potential voters. I'd like to move toward on-site registration at the polls, and expansion of mail ballots to all elections for the benefit of all Kansans.
See question 1. I want to expand Medicaid to help our rural hospitals. I can't ensure anything, but I can try to make sure that we keep those critical access hospitals open.
I'm satisfied with gun laws at this time. As a rural person, the needs of my constituency come first.
Hopefully, we'll have an independent bunch of legislators who will move this idea forward.
No, they aren't funded right, and Republicans seem to want to blame Democrats for the problem when the problem began with Republicans. Western Kansas has spectacularly bad problems with acute care for juveniles. My opponent thinks he can just order a commercial vendor to do this work for cheap. Facilities in rural areas will have to be established and maintained by the state since no commercial vendor wants to pay the state rate. It's a pay now or pay later issue. We've all failed these kids and now it's time to stop doing that.
We need to codify anti-discrimination laws in state and private hiring. Plus, we just need to have a little bit of public empathy toward people we may never meet but depend on us to get treated decent.
I like what Rep. Steven Johnson is doing in using his leadership to generate good will among legislators. I hope that changes in one side of the aisle with retirements may help that good feeling get going a bit more.
I would favor a commission to determine redistricting and reapportionment. A commission would take the process out of the hands of a greedy bunch of legislators (all guilty here), and move the process forward so the courts may make their decision on the Constitutionality of the district alignments as soon as possible so voters can become aware of changes equally fast.