This long campaign is drawing to a close.
You are glad of that. So am I.
I want to thank all of you who have supported my campaign. The financial contributions, yard signs, meet-and-greet opportunities, and volunteers were indispensable to this effort and greatly appreciated.
My congratulations to my opponent for his campaign. He's worked hard, focused on the issues, and made his supporters proud.
It is an honor to serve you in the Kansas Legislature. Together, we have:
*Supported law enforcement through the Mutual Aid Law
*Introduced Industrial Hemp to diversify Kansas agriculture and create jobs
*Addressed school bullying with Loren's Law
*Worked on foster care reform to restore rights to grandparents
Let's continue to work together on the challenges facing our great state.
I ask for your vote on November 8.
These two photos were taken in DeSoto, District 38, while campaigning today. It was too much to pass up. The family was not home, however a neighbor mentioned what great kids they were. How AWESOME is this.
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CONTACT: Todd Pack (NFIB), 615-872-5897
Small Business Endorses Willie Dove in House District 38 Race
TOPEKA, Sept. 16, 2016—The National Federation of Independent Business, Kansas’s leading small-business association, has endorsed Willie Dove in the 38th House District race.
The endorsement comes from the NFIB Kansas SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.
“Willie is clearly the best choice for small business owners, their employees and their families,” said Dan Murray, state director of NFIB.
“He understands the challenges facing the state’s small businesses,” Murray said. “Our members believe Willie will continue to take a fiscally responsible approach to managing state government and support legislation that helps our small businesses grow and create jobs.”
The NFIB Kansas SAFE Trust’s endorsement is critical to the Dove campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the campaign. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.
Walking at the DeSoto Days Parade. Team Dove had lots of candy for the kids young and old. Thanks to Carl & Heather West from Bonner Springs and Marlon Moore, a retired Marine from Overland Park, who walked with us.
Many new laws take affect on July 1st. Here are some from the 2016 Legislative Session that may interest you:
Health Care Access
* Kansas joined a physician licensure compact that will increase healthcare options in rural areas, and allow doctors from out of state to start practicing in Kansas with less red tape. It expands tele-medicine options for rural areas.
* Doctors and dentists will have the option to earn continuing education credits by delivering charity health care to low-income patients.
* In January, midwives will be able to deliver new babies without the supervision of a physician, which greatly expands their practice options and ability to serve women in rural areas.
* Minors who send nude photos of themselves to other minors are now treated differently in the criminal code than pedophiles, a much needed modernization of criminal law.
* It is now a crime to use a drone as a stalking or harassment device.
* There will be 75 new troopers joining the Kansas Highway Patrol.
* Kansans can now choose to donate a portion of their income tax refund to their local school district.
* Beginning in January, teachers, staff, and administrators in school districts will be required to undergo a two-hour suicide prevention training.
* Parents and students now have access to a degree prospectus program that gives an overview of what to expect from their educational investment.
* After the legislature worked in special session to prevent the Supreme Court from closing schools, education funding has again set an all new record high, breaking the previous record from last year.
* Beginning in January, voters will have a direct voice in proposed property tax increases over the rate of inflation.
* Legislative committee hearings will be streamed online beginning in January.
* The names of lawyers who vote on members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will now be open to the public.
* The names of applicants who apply for district court and court of appeals positions will now be available under the Kansas Open Records Act.
* Official government business conducted in private email is now available under the Kansas Open Records Act.
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Bills you probably haven't heard about
Freedom from unaccountable regulations
Remember how the Environmental Protection Agency decided it had jurisdiction over the water in puddles, drainage ditches, and farm ponds? That regulation, known as "Waters of the U.S.," was put in place by un-elected bureaucrats not accountable whatsoever to voters. Thankfully there is currently a court-ordered injunction in place on that regulation after Kansas and several other states sued. But Waters of the U.S. is just a symptom of a broad, ongoing issue with regulations and policy directives ordered by un-elected federal agencies that are enforced as law.
To address the issue, the House passed HCR 5022, urging U.S. Congress to adopt an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allows one-fourth of the U.S. House of Representatives to file written opposition to a proposed federal regulation. After that, the proposed regulation must receive a majority of votes in both the House and Senate in order to go into effect.This amendment would restore the full authority of lawmaking back to the elected representatives of the people, and enforce accountability as the framers of the U.S. Constitution intended.
Reforming the budget processPlease don't let your eyes glaze over yet. Overhauling the way the state budget is constructed is a huge deal that will profoundly improve state government and do even more to ensure your tax dollars are being used wisely.
Here's a quick refresher on how the state budget process works currently. Agencies submit their budget requests to the governor, usually for the same amount or more than they received last year. The governor reviews those agency requests, then presents his budget proposal to lawmakers during the State of the State. Legislative budget committees (House Appropriations and Senate Ways & Means) look over those recommendations, hold hearings, and put together their own version, which usually has a lot of components of the governor's recommendation. They pass it out of committee onto the full House, which then votes on it. For more details on this, here's a handy chart.
There's not a lot of time for part-time legislators to to examine the intricacies of agency budgets. Much of the time, lawmakers just have to take the word of the agency official to determine whether a program is fulfilling its mission and taxpayer dollars are being spent effectively.But, HB 2739 goes a long way toward changing that, using what's known as "Performance Based Budgeting." Under the bill starting next year agencies will provide "program service inventories," for each state government program to lawmakers. The inventories will include information such as: program function, program history, intersections with other state programs, federal funding and associated requirements, priority ranking, consequences of not funding the program, and the statute that authorized the program. In short, they will have to justify each dollar they are spending.
In future years, the bill would require the implementation of outcome performance measures to evaluate program effectiveness. In other words:government accountability and transparency.
Gone will be the days of "we've just always done it this way."
More options for moms
More and more expectant mothers are choosing to deliver their babies under the care of nurse-midwives. SB 402 will allow nurse-midwives to practice without a collaborative practice agreement with physicians. This free-market reform will help expand care options for women statewide, but especially in rural areas. Nurse-midwives who don't practice with a physician will be required to be licensed by both the Kansas Board of Nursing and the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which is the oversight board for doctors.
Remember last week when the House Minority Leader completely lost it and broke House rules?It's not me, it's you!
This week, he reminded us that Democrats have zero value for personal responsibility by posting this meme (minus the censored bar) for his Facebook friends. That "apology" he gave? Probably not so sincere.
Listen to daily House session, find bills, and more at the Kansas legislature's website.
Met with Wayne Simien. We discussed the importance of fathers in the lives of their children.
Rep. Willie Dove has been named a pro-jobs legislator by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. After each legislative session, the Kansas Chamber lists the business friendly lawmakers who voted in support of the tenets of free enterprise. For the full release, click here.
It’s an honor to serve you in the legislature as your 38th District state representative. Periodically, I put out legislative reports on this page. Thank you.