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Kansas State Senate District 2

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    Marci Francisco
    (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 A former city commissioner and two-term mayor of Lawrence, Marci led efforts to protect the downtown, plan for new and existing neighborhoods, and start Lawrence's recycling program. Marci worked two years in London and then at KU in Facilities Planning, Space Management, and the Center for Sustainability. Marci and her husband, Joe Bickford, bicycle, garden, and renovate properties to create affordable housing. Marci is also a farm worker in the fall, picking chestnuts for Chestnut Charlie's.
Campaign Phone (785) 842-6402
Campaign Email maf@sunflower.com
Education Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas; Certificate of Transport Studies, University of London
Community/Public Service Member: Housing & Credit Counseling Lawrence Advisory Board, League of Women Voters, Lawrence Preservation Alliance, Oread Residents Association; Past Member: Board of Zoning Appeals, Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board, Headquarters Counseling Center Board, Lawrence Recycling and Resource Conservation Board, Oread Neighborhood Association
Address 1101 Ohio Lawrence, Kansas 66044
My first priority would be ensuring the health of Kansas and Kansans; without a healthful environment and a healthful population, our economy will not succeed.
I support eliminating the requirements to provide proof of citizenship and of requiring a photo ID to vote. The “seamless process” that was promised of connecting REAL ID driver license applications to voter registration files was never implemented.

I also support enactment of “same day” registration for voting. If an individual is qualified to vote, they should be allowed to vote without requiring the extra step of registering beforehand.

I supported the bill heard in the Senate this past session that would allow individuals who were currently registered voters in Kansas to vote at a new polling place if they had moved without re-registering if they were otherwise qualified to vote; I believe with a few edits that legislation can be passed in the coming session.
I am on record voting to expand Medicaid in Kansas. Although my preference is “Medicaid for All”, this is a step to include more Kansans in an insurance program. Our hospitals, clinics and healthcare workers deserve reimbursement for the care they provide. It is also not fair to disallow working Kansans from participating in this program when they are not making enough money to qualify for subsidies from the Affordable Care Act.
Kansas citizens have a right to expect that individuals who carry guns to be qualified and have the training to use them appropriately. The guns should be appropriate for hunting and personal protection, not assault rifles. There should be an opportunity for family members to report individuals who should not be possessing guns and have the court system review such possession.
It would be possible to change the House and Senate rules to allow more committees to have their members select their leadership, but if Chamber leaders still are the ones who assign members to committees then they will still have some control. If committees are allowed to select their leadership, a priority list for the committees might be used so that a legislator is not chosen as the leader of more than two or three committees. I’m open to suggestions to improve our rules.
I don’t know that the issue is transparency, but rather having a way for a majority of a committee including the committees of the whole to bring a bill up for a hearing, debate and vote. Currently the committee chair (or the Majority Leader for the committee of the whole) decides which of the proposed bills are heard, debated, and voted on.
I believe that many of our agencies have not been given an adequate budget to carry out their missions. We have restricted state income by limiting our state taxes to property, income and sales and reducing the opportunity to collect taxes on wealth, such as estate and intangible taxes. Taxes on estates and intangibles would help the state’s income stream without putting an additional burden on property, income and sales taxes. I would also support additional income tax brackets and higher income taxes on the significantly higher brackets.
Legislators can address issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by passing legislation that offers more protection against discrimination and being mindful of these issues in reviewing all legislation. Legislators can make appointments to create diversity in their staffs and issue invitations to create diversity for the applicants in the page program. I think it is also important to honor the concept of home rule so that communities have the freedom to address their concerns regarding these issues.
I believe that the environment within the Kansas Legislature is much less polarized than it is in Congress, but there are some difficulties. Each legislator should take opportunities to meet and listen to the other members, and work to understand the challenges in other districts. I am pleased to have participated in the Legislature’s Caucus on Civility and Civil Discourse that was formed just this past session.
I would vote in favor of an amendment to create an impartial committee to draw the new legislative districts. I would also like the legislature to consider a change to have 120 House districts rather than the current 125 and have each Senate district be comprised of three House districts. Currently each State Board of Education district is comprised of four Senate districts. Having three House districts in each Senate district would make it easier for voters to know who their representatives are and for the House and Senate members to work together to represent those constituents.