Topeka — A document making the rounds in the Capitol indicates some freshmen Republicans in the House are considering big changes to the state.
The three-page letter addressed to the “Freshmen Conservative Class” outlines a long list of proposals.
“We acknowledge that we were elected to act as change-agents and carry out the will of our constituents,” the letter states. “Therefore, we must stay true to these objectives while serving in the body as a whole. While we work as change-agents, we have no desire to act as mavericks causing splits and dissention (sic) in the House.”
The letter requests signatures of those committed to the cause.
State Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, who is chair of the group of new House Republicans, which calls itself the 150 Caucus, said the document was brought to the caucus as an idea from “one individual” whom she did not identify. She said signatures were not collected because the document is essentially the Kansas Republican Party platform.
The document says:
• Kansas should change its judicial selection process to require legislative confirmation of judges or adopting election of judges statewide.
• Oppose using public revenues for abortion and funding organizations that advocate abortion rights.
• All state documents should be made only in English.
• E-Verify should be required by employers to check on the citizenship status of workers.
• Repeal the law granting in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants.
• Passage of Arizona-type immigration law.
• Adoption of law aimed at blocking federal health reform in Kansas.
• Repeal law setting up state-owned casinos.
• The state budget should not increase more than the rate of inflation or population growth.
• Allow school vouchers.
• Require government-issued photo ID to vote.
• Federal constitutional amendment that states marriage can only be between one man and one woman.
• Prohibit government from seizing property for economic development.
• Opposition of legislation imposing limits on carbon dioxide emissions. “Carbon dioxide, one of the most common gases on the earth, should not be declared a pollutant nor used as an excuse to deny the construction of new power plants in Kansas,” the document states.
• Prohibit taxpayer funding of lobbyists and lawsuits against Kansas for additional state funding.