State of Kansas Archives: on Families & Children


Dave Lindstrom: Raise cap for tax free accounts for dependent care

The family unit is among the most important institutions that we, as a society, should seek to support. Paid Family Leave provides much-needed security for families and impacts every Kansan. Whether young or old, all levels of society can feel the impact, including demands placed on parents, grandparents and other guardians and caregivers. Our society is made stronger when our families are stronger. I stand with Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump on calling for Paid Family Leave.

One way we can bring relief to families and help employers find top talent is to increase the Flexible Spending Accounts cap for Dependent Care. This allows families to set aside part of their paycheck tax-free to pay for daycare. Right now, annual Dependent Care contributions are capped at $5,000 dollars per family, regardless of the number of children that need care. That doesn't even cover half of the average cost for one child.

Source: 2020 Kansas Senate campaign website LindstromForSenate.com May 31, 2020

Laura Kelly: Must fix broken foster care system

The number of children in foster care has skyrocketed--up 45% since 2011. We've seen the programs overwhelmed by the sheer numbers in need. And the caseloads of dedicated social workers are absurdly high. My budget provides funding for the Families First Prevention Services Act. It will inject millions into efforts that strengthen vulnerable families & prevent children from entering the foster care system. My budget includes funding to hire more, qualified social workers & reduce their caseloads.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Kansas legislature Jan 16, 2019

Jeff Colyer: Favors religious exemption for gay adoption

Legislative Summary: SB 284: The bill creates the Adoption Protection Act, which states no child placement agency (CPA) shall be required to participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of such child violates such CPA's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Analysis by KCUR: The Legislature has approved a measure allowing faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to be reimbursed for placement services, even if they turn away prospective parents who don't fit their religious beliefs. Opponents argued the religious protections would open the door to state-sponsored discrimination, particularly against same-sex couples, but also single people and minorities. Legislative Outcome: Passed House 63-58-4 on May/3/18; Passed Senate 24-15-1 on May/3/18; Signed by Governor Jeff Colyer on May/18/18

Source: KCUR 89.3 FM analysis of Kansas SB 284 voting records May 18, 2018

Laura Kelly: Opposes religious exemption for gay adoption

Legislative Summary: SB 284: The bill creates the Adoption Protection Act, which states no child placement agency (CPA) shall be required to participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of such child violates such CPA's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Analysis by KCUR: The Legislature has approved a measure allowing faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to be reimbursed for placement services, even if they turn away prospective parents who don't fit their religious beliefs. Opponents argued the religious protections would open the door to state-sponsored discrimination, particularly against same-sex couples, but also single people and minorities. Legislative Outcome: Passed House 63-58-4 on May/3/18; Passed Senate 24-15-1 on May/3/18; State Sen. Laura Kelly voted NO; Signed by Governor Jeff Colyer on May/18/18

Source: KCUR 89.3 FM analysis of Kansas SB 284 voting records May 3, 2018

Susan Wagle: Favors religious exemption for gay adoption

Legislative Summary: SB 284: The bill creates the Adoption Protection Act, which states no child placement agency (CPA) shall be required to participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of such child violates such CPA's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Analysis by KCUR: The Legislature has approved a measure allowing faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to be reimbursed for placement services, even if they turn away prospective parents who don't fit their religious beliefs. Opponents argued the religious protections would open the door to state-sponsored discrimination, particularly against same-sex couples, but also single people and minorities. Legislative Outcome: Passed House 63-58-4 on May/3/18; Passed Senate 24-15-1 on May/3/18; State Sen. Susan Wagle voted YES; Signed by Governor Jeff Colyer on May/18/18

Source: KCUR 89.3 FM analysis of Kansas SB 284 voting records May 3, 2018

Jeff Colyer: Safe and professional workplace, free from sexual harassment

I expect a safe and professional workplace--free from sexual harassment. To anyone here that has experienced these evils, I want you to know that you've been heard. You have value and you have my respect. Harassment in any form, at any time, in any place, will not be tolerated in my Administration.

I signed my first Executive Order which first requires all Cabinet Agencies to update their sexual harassment prevention policies. Every employee, every intern, every contractor shall receive the material.

Second, it requires every state employee, every manager, even every intern to undergo sexual harassment prevention training. This will happen annually.

Third, allegations of sexual harassment will be investigated promptly and appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken swiftly.

Source: 2018 Kansas Inauguration/State of the State speech Feb 8, 2018

Jeff Colyer: More child welfare staff; more family programs

One need only pick up a newspaper to see examples of the extreme evil that exists in this world. Unfortunately, government will never be capable of preventing all these evils. But, we can and we must do better. To give children and families around the state the help they need, [we need a] top-to-bottom review of our state's child welfare system. We need funding to achieve the following goals:I know for a fact that each and every person in this room cares deeply about the plight of abused children in our state. Please join me as we fight for the most vulnerable children in our state.
Source: 2018 Kansas Inauguration/State of the State speech Feb 8, 2018

Patrick Wiesner: Ancestors immigrated to Kansas; kids raised in Kansas

Patrick lives in Lawrence. He grew up on a farm north of Ellis. In the 1870s, his ancestors immigrated to Kansas from Germany and Russia. He grew up with seven brothers and sisters.

All of Patrick's education came from Kansas schools: St. Mary's Grade School, and Ellis High School. Patrick received a Master of Business Administration from Fort Hays State University; and a law degree from the University of Kansas.

Patrick's two children are college graduates. His son, Frank, graduated with a computer science degree from Wichita State University. His daughter, Stephanie, graduated with a finance degree from Clemson University. His children were raised in Lawrence. Both attended Saint John's Grade School, Southwest Junior High, and Lawrence High School.

Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website WiesnerForSenate.com Apr 1, 2016

Kris Kobach: Gay marriage makes it worse for traditional families

He then brings up the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and warns, "it's going to get worse, not better, for those of us who believe in the traditional family."
Source: Wichita Eagle on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race Sep 26, 2015

Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted case on child sexual exploitation

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announces that Jason Hachmeister was sentenced to 86 months in prison today after having been previously convicted by a Shawnee County jury of 105 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, all level 5 person felonies. The sentence imposed by District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson was the maximum permitted under Kansas law. Judge Wilson also ordered lifetime post release supervision and lifetime registration as following his release from prison. Mr. Taylor credits the Topeka Police Department for their thorough and professional investigation of this matter.
Source: D.A. office press release: 2014 Kansas Senate race Feb 7, 2014

Jean Carnahan: Workplace child-care & more commitment to families

Jean Carnahan made speeches several days a week on her husbandís Senate campaign trail and worked on state legislation for better health care and education. She advocated the Equal Rights Amendment, gun control, & workplace child-care centers.

Jean Carnahan declined to be interviewed for this article, but in a campaign commercial she said she shared her husbandís commitment to families, children and the elderly.

Source: Kevin Murphy, The Kansas City Star Nov 4, 2000

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