Legislators gave answers to questions posed to them at Mercy Hospital’s Catherine Cafe Saturday morning during a legislative coffee sponsored by the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Richard Hilderbrand, Representative Trevor Jacobs, Representative Adam Lusker and Senator Caryn Tyson sat as a panel and received questions from the moderator,Chamber Member Mark McCoy and also questions from the audience.
Richard Hilderbrand is the Kansas District 13 Senator from Galena. He can be reached at 785-296-7370 or email@example.com.
The following are excerpts from Hilderbrand’s answers to questions posed to the legislators on current issues.
On education, Senator Hilderbrand clarified in a later interview ” My position on restoring Higher Ed. funding is we need to prioritize all of our commitments that have been cut, and not to add any other new items to fund. We need to work on restoring cuts before adding anything new.”
Support of bill lowering the sexual consent age to 11 years of age: “Absolutely not.”
School safety: “It’s a heart issue, no law will fix hate.”
Community college funding: “I haven’t heard anything at the state level.”
Poultry operations: “There were no existing statutes, so this puts some in place for rights….and kept local control.”
KanCare: “When they budgeted it was only for the initial cost….not maintaining…now they have to come back and raise fees.”
Convention of states: “I would not support that.”
Transportation: “For 2019, the finishing of Fort Scott to Pittsburg Highway 69 seems to be the mood.”
Parting remarks: “It’s important to have this interaction with constituents. If there are any issues, contact us.”
Trevor Jacobs is the District 4 Representative from Fort Scott. He can be reached at 785-296-7616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are excerpts from Jacobs answers to questions posed to the legislators.
Education funding: “No more expansion of higher education.”
Support of bill lowering the sexual consent age to 11 years of age: “I would not.”
School safety: “One of the 10 Commandments is ‘Thou shalt not kill’. We need to address the root of the problem. We need a revolution of family and education.”
Property tax: “I’m not into raising taxes.”
Marijuana decriminalization: “I’m not in favor..we have enough problems.”
Convention of states: No
Transportation: (Rep. Jacobs in a later interview stated)”I am on the House Transportation Committee. I was never told any date, it doesn’t look like Hwy. 69 is budgeted.”
Parting remarks: “I was able to introduce a Choose Life (car) license plate. Lord willing, they will pass, to show life is valuable.”
District 2 Representative Adam Lusker (D) resides in Frontenac and can be reached at 785-296-7698 or email@example.com.
The following are excerpts from Luskers’s answers to questions posed to the legislators.
Lusker was late to the coffee event, therefore did not answer some of the questions, explaining he misunderstood the begin time.
KanCare: “KanCare is problematic.”
DCF: “Deals with tough situations.”
Marijuana decriminalization: “There is no legislation on either side for recreational marijuana. CDB oil passed for epilepsy but never came to fruition. We are a long way from legalizing in Kansas.”
Convention of states: “I would be opposed to a convention of states.”
Transportation: “Highway 69 in late 2019 will be completed. There is a $50-55 million budget. It will be on the front burner of the next transportation incentives for Bourbon County.
Parting remarks:”It’s a pleasure to serve you. I don’t align with these individuals (legislative colleagues) on a lot of issues, but they are very good people. We work together for the best of Kansas.”
Senator Caryn Tyson (R) represents Kansas District 4. She resides in Parker and can be reached at 785-296-6838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyson said she is also running for U.S. Congress to replace Lynn Jenkins, who is retiring.
The following are excerpts from Tyson’s answers following questions posed to the legislators.
Education: “Over 60 percent of the state budget goes to k-12 and higher education…We have obligations for education but have other obligations. Schools can we do it better, can we do it smarter? We need to ask, is it a need or want.”
Support of bill lowering the sexual consent age to 11 years of age: “I would not vote to support that bill.”
School safety: “The hall talk is teachers to take training.”
Community college funding: “We have demonstrated our priority…60 percent of our budget is in education.”
Poultry operations: “The whole community should have input on their coming in.”
KanCare: “The legislature did not decide on that, the administration did. KanCare was pushed into the State of Kansas without legislation. We have to make sure our contracts are understood.”
DCF: “There are a lot of problems. (However) We have a new secretary.”
Marijuana decriminalization: “The issue is dosage control. There is no way to control. Kansas has lessened the laws for marijuana.
Convention of states: “It (the U.S. Constitution) is not a perfect document. Women wouldn’t be able to vote without constitutional amendments.”
Transportation: “Highway 69 will be completed.”
Parting remarks: “We are a citizen legislature. When we make decisions we need to know who we are impacting.”