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Kansas State Senate District 23

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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    Wendy Budetti
    (Dem)

  • Rob Olson
    (Rep)

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?

Personal Biography Wendy Budetti is a mother,wife,15-year Olathe resident,activist,and advocate for all Kansans.Wendy is running for State Senate, District 23 because she believes all Kansans deserve safe communities in which to live and raise their families,quality public education,and affordable access to healthcare.Wendy’s involvement with the community extends far beyond party politics. She has served on the boards of several local community groups has also been an active volunteer with Moms Demand Action.
Campaign Phone (816) 305-1839
Campaign Email wendy4kansas@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.wendy4kansas.com
Education Degree in English,University of Kansas, 2013 Shawnee Mission East, 1998
Community/Public Service Wendy has served on the boards of several local community groups, including Equality Kansas of Metro Kansas City, Music Theatre of Kansas City, and GLSEN Greater Kansas City. She and her husband are the founders of Johnson County Pride, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports Johnson's County's LGBTQ+ community through outreach, community, and celebration. She has also been both a Precinct Leader and Senate District Leader for the Johnson County Democratic Party.
Address 17446 W 161st Street Olathe, KS 66062
My first priority is expanding Medicaid. Kansans deserve access to affordable healthcare, and the Covid-19 crisis has only increased this need. It is the right thing to do, both morally and fiscally.
Yes, I would support to overturn the SAFE Act. I would only support any changes that remove barriers to voting. I would support any efforts to increase vote by mail across the state.
Expanding Medicaid is my first priority once elected. It is time to do both the morally and fiscally right thing by using the federal money we are missing out on to help expand coverage for the over 130,000 Kansans caught in the coverage gap.
I am in favor of common sense gun legislation. I believe gun violence is a national crisis and Kansas is no exception. I appreciate and respect the right to bear arms, but I do believe there are places where our gun laws can be strengthened that do not infringe on responsible gun owners. I would like to see Campus Carry revoked, background checks expanded, and training required for licensed carry.
Right now, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House hold all the power when it comes to committee leadership. There are a couple solutions to this. One is to allow for confidential voting for leadership, so no one is beholden to their party when voting for the Senate President or Speaker of the House. Another option is that once committees are chosen, the members of each committee get to choose their own chair.
Yes, right now bills can be held in committee by a chair, and it is unreasonable that it takes a super majority to get a bill out of a committee when it only requires a majority to pass the bill. This process should be changed.
No, they are not funded at levels that allow them to properly function. I am in support of getting these organizations the funding they need to do their jobs. These agencies were chronically underfunded for years, and it will take time and a concerted effort to bring them back up to the appropriate level.
The first thing Legislators can do is update the Kansas Act Against Discrimination to include gender identity and sexual orientation. Next, old laws that are dangerous, outdated and demeaning should be cleaned out. I am looking forward to actions that will arise from Governor Kelly's Commission on Racial Equity and Justice, and I would help implement any legislation that helps fulfill the mission of racial equity and justice.
Senators and Representatives must work together by finding common ground and by putting people over politics. An elected official should be beholden to the people who elected them, not party leadership or corporate backers. There must be an emphasis on proper procedure and transparency, so that Kansans no longer feel left out of the legislative process.
Yes, I am in favor of an impartial committee drawing the new legislative districts. This process should be removed from any attempts at partisanship.
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