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2018 Candidates

House candidates

The Kansans for Smart Justice Coalition asked every candidate for the state House to complete a questionnaire to survey their positions on our Smart Justice agenda. To view a candidate's responses to our questionnaire, click on the district and candidate's name below. To read the full questionnaire, click here.

District 10: Eileen Horn

District 16: Cindy Holscher

District 17: Laura Smith-Everett

District 17: Michael Kerner

District 19: Stephanie Clayton

District 20: Jan Kessinger

District 21: Jerry Stosgdill

District 23: Susan Ruiz

District 24: Jarrod Ousley

District 25: Melissa Rooker

District 30: Wendy Bingesser

District 30: Brandon Woodard

District 32: Pam Curtis

District 36: Chiquita Coggs

District 40: Debbie Deere

District 43: Pamela Finley

District 44: Barbara Ballard

District 45: Mike Amyx

District 46: Dennis Highberger

District 48: David Benson

District 51: Noah Wright

District 52: Toni Scalia

District 54: Sarah Coats

District 55: Annie Kuether

District 66: Sydney Carlin

District 67: Alex Van Dyke

District 79: Ed Trimmer

District 82: Danette Harris

District 85: Monica Marks

District 91: Leo G. Delperdang

District 99: Kristi Kirk

District 106: Bill Pannbacker

District 120: Jerry Hill

District 121: Nick Gill

District 123: Pedro Rodriguez


 

District 10: Eileen Horn

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. I agree also that prosecutors should be encouraged to use diversion when offender has a mental illness - offering treatment rather than jail time.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes! Let me know how I can help with this!


 

District 16: Cindy Holscher 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 17: Laura Smith-Everett

 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.

Additional comments:

I have so much to say about all of these issues but not enough time. I have worked in marginalized communities for 15 years and you would me to be a strong ally in these issues if elected. LSE


District 17: Michael Kerner

 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes. I believe that forfeiture should be banned completely unless the jury in the criminal trial agree to that penalty.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. Simple drug possession should not be a crime at all.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.

 


 

District 19: Stephanie Clayton 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 20: Jan Kessinger

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 21: Jerry Stogsdill

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes. Under the Trump administration and the Brownback/Colyer adminisitration in Kansas, we seem to have forgotten or ignored the concept of innocent until proven guilty.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. I would much rather have the state invest in diversion and rehabilitation programs that would have a more positive impact on lowering the recidivism rates in Kansas.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 23: Susan Ruiz 

 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes. Transparency is very much needed regarding civil asset forfeiture.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. Many people use drugs to self-medicate, especially if they can't afford psychiatric treatment. It is also very difficult to help homeless adults when they have drug related felonies. Making this a misdemeanor will help people work and secure housing and reduce homelessness.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. Transparency is needed at every level of government.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. I would support this measure.


 

 

 

District 24: Jarrod Ousley

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 25: Melissa Rooker

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes, although there was a concern about situations involving the well-being of animals so I would want to be sure we take care of those concerns.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. We have done some work on reduction of prison sentences for certain drug crimes, but obviously more can be done. These cases might be good candidates for diversion programs much like we do with DUI cases. Certainly, anything we can do to connect people to treatment programs would also be a good idea.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes, I support efforts to increase the use of diversion and the standardization of the application process, as well as improvements to data collection.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes, I support banning the box. Johnson County (my home county) has adopted this policy for most county jobs, and the policy seems to be working well.


 

District 29: Brett Parker 

 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

 

District 30: Wendy Bingesser

 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

 

District 30: Brandon Woodard

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 32: Pam Curtis

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes. An issue was raised during the hearings in the House Judiciary Committee last session to include provisions when the forfeiture involved pets/livestock/animals - want to make sure that issue is addressed. I am supportive.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 36: Chiquita Coggs

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 40: Debbie Deere

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 43: Pamela Finley

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

It would depend on the conviction and the job sought.


  

District 44: Barbara Ballard

 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

 

District 45: Mike Amyx

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

There cannot be a standard answer for all situations. In the case of a drug dealer, for example, money and/or property (car) should be confiscated and placed in escrow to be returned to the individual in the event of a finding of innocent. All forfeitures should be returned in the event of such a finding.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

It is difficult not to support such a proposal, but I would need to review any proposed legislation because I have learned the best of intentions can be easily misconstrued.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Although a standardized application process would be preferable, the application of that process would always be subjective. I do believe that any moneys saved by providing diversion instead of trial and/or imprisonment should be put into local rehabilitation programs.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

 

District 46: Dennis Highberger 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the newly-required data reporting, but at this point I support requiring a conviction before civil asset forfeiture is allowed, provided that there are exceptions for situations where seized assets are unclaimed.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. I support full legalization of marijuana, although I realize that is not likely to happen soon. I would support de-felonization of most other simple drug possession crimes, and I would support sentences of treatment instead of incarceration for drug possession offenses to the extent that the state has not already done so.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. I supported 2017 HB 2063, which would allow any person charged with a crime (and who is not specifically ineligible for diversion under another provision of law) to apply for a diversion, and require the prosecutor to give a written explanation of the reasons for denial if diversion is denied. I also support increased data collection requirements so we can see if there are jurisdictions where this option is not being used appropriately.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. I support enacting into law the requirements of the current executive order on “ban the box” and I would also support legislation extending “ban the box” to private employers, with any exceptions or limitations that are clearly in the public interest. I should note that in the 2015-2016 term I introduced a bill that would have prevented agencies from inquiring about criminal history in professional licensure applications, but after a hearing and meetings with licensing agencies I decided not to pursue this further for the following reasons: 1) because of the licensure process for most agencies, a person who is clearly ineligible for a certain license because of a prior conviction could spend months and thousands of dollars on training and testing before finding out he or she was ineligible; and 2) review of data and practices from the major agencies show that very few people are excluded from licensure solely on the basis of prior criminal history.


 

District 48: David Benson

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. 

Additional comments:

I support judicial reform and ending the “school to prison” pipeline.


 

District 51: Noah Wright

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


District 52: Toni Scalia

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. Yes provided that transparency and improved data collection precedes increase in use of diversions.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

No. Yes if banning the box is done by type of crime. No if applied to all types of crime.


 

 

District 54: Sarah Coats

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. Yes provided that transparency and improved data collection precedes increase in use of diversions.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

No. Yes if banning the box is done by type of crime. No if applied to all types of crime.


 

District 55: Annie Kuether

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

It must be looked at for sure!

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. 


 

District 66: Sydney Carlin

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. 


 

District 67: Alex Van Dyke

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. 


 

District 79: Ed Trimmer

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. I also support Cowley County's Drug Court.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. But I believe there should be some element of local control. Cowley County should be free to continue using Drug Court as a diversion program.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. 


 

District 82: Danette Harris 

 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. 

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. 


 

 

District 85: Monica Marks

 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. 


 

 

District 91: Leo G. Delperdang 

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes. Innocent until proven guilty!

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. My emphasis on this question is on "certain simple" crimes. Such as first time marijuana offense in small quantities. But I am more reserved on harder drugs and large quantities with intent to distribute.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. I have no problem with this for small crime records and especially records from youth, whom are now adults and applying for employment. But for harder felany [sic] crimes involving sex abuse, murder, etc. I believe the employer has a right to know.


 

District 99: Kristi Kirk

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

District 106: Bill Pannbacker

Note: Candidate did note complete questionnaire - response is below.

Dear ACLU, et al,

Although I don't fill out questionnaires, I am generally supportive of the positions brought forth by the 3 associated groups showing the 6701 W. 64th St. Ste 210 address. As a freshman legislator (assuming I don't lose to a write-in), I will need to bide my time before initiating legislation that substantially impacts how govt. functions.

However, with the likelihood that Kansas will elect a governor without said governor receiving a majority vote, the time might be at hand to move to an open primary. Although I haven't read the KS Constitution, I'm pretty sure there is no reference to Democrat of Republican parties. Personally, I'm offended that we taxpayers pay for what I consider a private endeavor, partisan primaries.

To me, a much better method is to have ALL candidates listed & all voters have access to any candidate & the top two face off in the General Election. 

That will not win favor with my colleagues right off the start, but I would be an enthusiastic backer of such change.

I look forward to visiting with your group about the election process and the futility of the death penalty.

Sincerely, Bill Pannbacker, DVM


 

District 120: Jerry Hill

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes. This is the recipe for corruption.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. Incarcerations in Kansas are similar to USA rates, nearly the highest in the world. Our community is forced to spend $15 million on more jail space. This is crazy.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. Transparency and uniformity of justice are necessary.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. If incarceration rates were much lower the answer is the same. A completed sentence is the end of punishment, or should be.


 

District 121: Nick Gill

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes. I see this in the vein of the 4th amendment as one’s property should be safe from unreasonable seizure.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes. The state of Kansas should analyze neighboring states such as Colorado and Missouri to determine what policies are working/being considered in those states. In this way, we can take advantage of their ‘democratic experiments’ to inform our own state’s decisions in this matter.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. The judicial system should take into consideration those citizens who, through their actions, have demonstrated a commitment to civil society, and take steps to relieve those persons with respect to diversion or other remedies. It does the citizens of Kansas no good to keep those interested in being productive members of society from being such, just as it does the citizenry no good to not control those who do not wish to live by the rule of law.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes. I would be open to additional information on this issue, however, I understand there are drawbacks to the ‘ban the box’ initiative in that some studies show that minority populations were adversely affected by this change, as they were assumed to be more likely to be undesirable candidates. Thus, though well-intentioned, this effort may hinder the employment prospects of groups that are statistically more likely to have employment difficulties. 


 

District 123: Pedro Rodriguez

Do you support legislation requiring people to be convicted of a crime before their assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

Yes. 

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?: 

Yes.


 

 

 FULL QUESTIONNAIRE

1. Kansas has some of the worst civil asset forfeiture policies in the country. Civil asset forfeiture

has been criticized on both sides of the aisle because a person’s property can be taken from them without that person ever even being charged with a crime, much less convicted. During the 2018 legislative session, Kansas adopted a new law on reporting that will allow citizens and policy-makers to know for the very first time how much property is being taken away from citizens without a charge or conviction. Now more than ever, civil asset forfeiture reform has overwhelming bi-partisan support.

Do you support legislation that requires people to be convicted of a crime before their
assets can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture proceedings?

Yes/No

Additional Thoughts:

2. In Kansas, approximately 12% of the prison population is made up of non-violent, simple drug possession crimes. In a 2016 poll conducted by the Docking Institute, 76% of Kansans thought reclassifying certain non-violent drug possession offenses from felonies to misdemeanors would help communities by saving tax dollars and reinvesting that money in other programs to combat drug addiction and prevent crime. There is strong evidence that this approach works.

Do you support legislation that can reduce the prison population and make communities safer by defelonizing simple drug possession crimes, converting them to misdemeanors?

Yes/No

Additional Thoughts:

3. Diversion is an essential part of the criminal justice system, but not all Kansans get a fair shot at a second chance. Prosecutors set the eligibility guidelines for their respective counties, within a very broad and flexible framework established by state law. There is virtually no data available at either the statewide or county level to analyze and evaluate diversion programs in Kansas. The lack of data and transparency makes holding elected prosecutors accountable very challenging, prohibits the evaluation of the well documented racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and impedes efforts to improve the diversion process.

Do you support efforts to increase the use of diversion in Kansas, including standardizing the application process and requiring improved data collection about diversions granted or rejected by prosecutors?

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4.  Nationwide, 31 states and over 150 cities and counties have adopted what is widely known as “ban the box” so that employers consider a job candidate’s qualifications first—without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. Several jurisdictions in Kansas have already “banned the box” and eliminated this question from employment applications issued by the municipality/county, and in 2018 Gov. Jeff Colyer issued an executive order “banning the box” from executive branch employment applications. Research supports the idea that comprehensive “ban the box” policies benefit everyone, not just people with records because they’re good for families, local communities, and the overall economy.

Since executive orders can be overturned relatively easily, do you support passing legislation that would “ban the box” from applications for public employment by the State of Kansas?

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