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Kansas State Senate District 17

The Kansas Senate is the upper house of the Kansas Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Kansas. It is composed of 40 senators representing an equal amount of districts, each with a population of at least 60,000 inhabitants. Members of the Senate are elected to a four-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a senator may serve.

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  • Jeff Longbine
    (Rep)

  • Stephen Vecchione
    (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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My first priority would be the health and financial stability of all Kansans. It is absolutely unnecessary to sacrifice one for the other, and developing a plan that compromises neither health nor the financial stability of Kansas families is a priority.
Any regulation that can be considered a form of voter suppression should absolutely be overturned. Laws that require complete transparency of the voting/election processes should be highly considered going forward. Perhaps removing the party affiliations on the ballots would encourage constituents to cast educated votes based on candidates themselves, rather than voting for the party, which simply perpetuates the cult like mentality in politics today.
If corporations can receive tax abatements, there’s obviously no shortage in the budget, so Medicaid expansion is absolutely a goal of mine. I don’t necessarily believe in M4A, but I do believe all Americans should have the right to affordable healthcare. I believe localized solutions would be most effective in ensuring health care availability in our rural communities.
I am against gun control in any capacity. Gun violence is an issue, though I believe it would be less of an issue if we focused less on ways to take guns from law abiding citizens, and more on educating individuals on gun safety and ownership.
Chamber Leaders should have always had the ability to control Committee leadership, the fact that they’re not already poses a challenge I hadn’t even considered resolving until this point.
Absolutely! Representatives and Senators work for their constituents, or at least they SHOULD be. Allow for complete transparency at every level of passing legislation, from proposal to final vote.
While I believe these agencies aren’t appropriately funded, I also believe that the funds these agencies are receiving are being mismanaged. Before considering allying additional funding, agency heads need to propose a sound budget plan, while putting a stop to spending funds in areas that are not a priority.
Due to narrow mindedness in some individuals, I do not believe the government should attempt to resolve these issues. Affirmative action does not always heed desired results, and often times may make matters worse. I do believe legislators should be more vocal on these issues, and even endorse private organizations that actively work to make a difference in their communities.
Representatives and Senators need to learn to compromise for the better interests of their constituents. There is not a single bill that should be considered “Dead On Arrival” without a full and open discussion of all the bill entails. Bipartisanship, empathy, and serving the Kansans that elected them should be their 3 goals.
I believe I would vote in favor to create an impartial committee to draw new legislative districts in Kansas. Nothing is ever this simple, though. Protecting our rural communities as well as our urban communities are the two main factors that should be considered while redrawing legislative lines.