Dear Kansas Activist,
Leadership in Topeka doesn’t want you to know how your elected officials vote on your important issues this year.
In fact, Kansas House leader Ray Merrick dislikes transparency so much that he kicked Judge John Rubin off of the Rules Committee.For years Judge Rubin has pushed the rules committee to pass rules to record all votes.
You see, he wants you to know how your legislator votes in committee, on amendments, and at every stage of the process in the legislature.
But the message from Ray Merrick is clear: They do not want you to know about the important votes where bills are weakened or destroyed.
Even worse: Ray Merrick doesn’t think you are going to do anything about it.
Prove him wrong.Contact Representative John Barker, the new Rules Committee Chair, immediately and tell him that voters deserve to know how legislators vote at every step. Call him at 785-296-7674 and email him at [email protected]
We’ve seen how bills get weakened and destroyed under Ray Merrick’s leadership.
Last year, we saw how the “Prairie Chicken” bill – that initially protected landowners who had prairie chickens on their property from federal agents wanting to destroy their property rights – was repeatedly watered down until it was sure to do nothing to protect Kansas land.
The destruction of this bill was committed without recorded votes.
Many other bills suffer the same fate.Let me be frank. Getting the house to record all votes – in committee, on amendments, and on procedures – is the most important issue of the session.
You read that right.
You see, without recorded votes at every step, activists like you and me will be at the mercy of Ray Merrick and every liberal lobbyist with something to gain from destroying every one of our bills on your important issues. We will have to settle for what we get.
Don’t believe me?
Think of your most important issue. How far did your important issues get last year?
How much further could it have gotten if your legislators weren’t able to hide their votes from you?
It’s time to take action and demand that all votes be recorded.
The House will likely vote on their rules this week.
We don’t have much time.
Contact Representative John Barker, the new Rules Committee Chair, immediately, and tell him that voters must be allowed to know how legislators vote at every step. Call him at 785-296-7674 or email him at [email protected]
You deserve to know how your legislature votes at every step of the bill-making process. You deserve to know who waters down bills, and who stands firm.
At the end of this session, what will we have? Without recorded votes at every stage we will have more worthless bills, no real progress, and no clue who to hold accountable for it.
That is unacceptable.
P.S. Demand to know how your representative voted. Contact Representative John Barker, Rules Committee Chair, immediately, and tell him that voters must be allowed to know how legislators vote at every step. Call him at 785-296-7674, or email him at [email protected].