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Fifth Freedom 2018 Candidate Survey Results

Back in August, Fifth Freedom sent out disability issues survey to election candidates running for Indiana congressional seats and the Indiana State House. We ignored races where candidates were running unopposed, and sent the survey to the Indiana Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian Party headquarters, and when contact information was available, directly to the candidates themselves. We received answers from seven candidates: running for US Congress in Indiana’s 6th district: Tom Ferkinhoff and Jeannine Lee Lake, and running for the Indiana General Assembly, Loretta Barnes (District 13), Sue Errington (District 34), Dee M. Moore (District 18), Clyde Myers (District 59) and Frank Szczepanski (District 4).

Fifth Freedom would like to offer our sincere thanks to all the candidates who responded to the survey and shared their views with Indiana’s disability community.

These are the results of the Fifth Freedom 2018 Candidate Survey. “AC” means a question asked of All Candidates. “FC” means a question asked of Federal Candidates. “IC” means a question asked of Indiana Candidates.

Questions:

  • AC1 – Employment – In 2017, only 18.7% of people with disabilities were employed, compared to 65.7% of the non-disabled population. This enormous employment gap is one of the most significant issues for people with disabilities, and impacts everything from their access to healthcare to their ability to vote. How would you address the disability employment gap in Indiana?
  • AC2 – Voting By Mail – Would you support voting by mail in Indiana? Why or why not?
  • AC3 – Absentee Ballots – Have you used an absentee ballot? What did you think of this experience?
  • AC4 – Redistricting – Do you think our redistricting process could be better? How would you improve it?
  • FC1 – Backlog of Social Security Disability Claims More than one million people are waiting for their applications for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration to be determined. Roughly 3/4 of applicants for disability benefits have their cases decided within about nine months and, if denied, decide not to appeal. The Social Security Administration is attempting to reduce the backlog by hiring 500 new administrative law judges and 600 support staff. Do you think this is sufficient? If not, how else would you address the backlog of disability benefits claims?
  • FC2 – Early Intervention According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 40 percent of children under the age of 5 years are at risk of a developmental delay or disability. Of those, 26 percent are at moderate to high risk of developmental delay. Do you have any plans to address this issue?
  • FC3 – Accessibility and the ADA Earlier this year, the House passed the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR 620). This bill would amend the ADA to add requirements for filing ADA civil actions. As passed in the House, the bill would require people with disabilities who encounter accessibility barriers at public businesses to provide written notice to the owner or operator. The owner or operator would then have sixty days to respond with “a written description outlining improvements that will be made to remove the barrier”, and then an additional sixty days to actually begin making the improvements. All together, people with disabilities would have to wait a hundred and twenty days before filing an ADA civil action. Do you support this bill? How would you balance protecting businesses from frivolous lawsuits and protecting the rights of people with disabilities?
  • FC4 – Home and Community-Based Services The Money Follows the Person (MFP) program has helped over 75,000 people with chronic conditions and disabilities transition from nursing homes and institutions back into the community. MFP was designed to increase the use of home and community-based services and reduce the use of institutionally-based services. MFP expired in 2016. Would you support extending MFP or a similar program? Why or why not?
  • FC5 – ABLE Accounts Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits. Currently, the accounts are only available to people who were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26. The ABLE Age Adjustment Act (SB 817 / HR 1874) would increase the age limit to age 46, allowing millions more people with disabilities to save for housing, healthcare, transportation, and other expenses. Would you support increasing the age limit for ABLE Accounts? Why or why not?
  • FC7 – Senior Fraud According to the Government Accountability Office, financial fraud costs seniors nearly $3 billion a year. Every year, thousands of seniors are victims of IRS impersonation scams, computer tech support scams, unsolicited phone calls, and more. How would you help protect seniors from scams, identity theft, elder financial abuse, and other financial fraud?
  • IC1 – Adult Protective Services – According to the Indiana General Assembly’s Interim Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code, “Adult Protective Services (APS) is presently underfunded, and… the current system lacks the meaningful involvement of a social work component.” Do you agree with this assessment? What changes to APS funding would you make, if any?
  • IC2 – Civil Rights – Indiana is one of five states without a hate crime law. An attempt to pass such a law failed at the Indiana Statehouse for the second year in a row. The bill would have allowed judges to impose tougher sentences for crimes motivated by disability, race, religion, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Would you support a hate crime law? Why or why not?
  • IC3 – Medical Marijuana – The Indiana Statehouse has seen multiple medical marijuana bills introduced and fail to pass. In the 2018 session, SB 294 would have legalized sale of cannabidiol (an active chemical compound that can be extracted from marijuana) for use in treating epilepsy. Cannabidiol has been seen to be an anticonvulsant in animals, and may be useful in helping people with Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that is difficult to treat. Would you support legalizing the sale of cannabidiol and/or medical marijuana? Why or why not?
  • IC4 – Medicaid – Indiana requires Medicaid beneficiaries to pay premiums that go into their health savings accounts, called Personal Wellness and Responsibility (POWER) accounts. However, researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that only 36% of Medicaid beneficiaries were making regular payments to their health savings accounts, 9% of Medicaid beneficiaries had been locked out of their benefits due to not making payments, and 39% of Medicaid beneficiaries hadn’t even heard of POWER accounts. What do you believe is the source of these problems with POWER accounts, and how would you address it?
  • IC5 – Mental Health – In the 2018 session of the Indiana Statehouse, SB 255 would have required a school corporation’s health education curriculum to include mental health wellness education. However, the bill failed to advance beyond the Education and Career Development Committee. Do you believe mental health education is an important issue? Would you support a similar bill in the future?
  • IC6 – Public Transportation – In 2018, the US Department of Transportation announced a $75 million grant agreement for a Bus Rapid Transit Project in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, the Gary Public Transportation Corporation was reducing services, even cutting paratransit for people with disabilities. How would you address the disparity between public transit in Indianapolis and the rest of the state?
  • IC7 – Home and Community-Based Services – AARP regularly publishes “scorecards” rating states for their long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. The last three scorecards (2017, 2014, and 2011) all showed Indiana in the bottom ten. How would you address improving Indiana’s long-term services for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers?

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Fifth Freedom 2018 Candidate Survey Results

NamePartyRaceQuestionResponse
NamePartyRaceQuestionResponse
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictAC1 - EmploymentTom Ferkinhoff - One thing that I think we need to do is to make it easier for those who are drawing SSI to go back to work without immediately losing all of their benefits and to have their benefits quickly reinstated if the job does not work out. I sold a house on contract to a lady who receives SSI and has tried to gain employment on several occasions. While she has been employed now for about 6 months her previous attempts were cut short due to medical issues. If I had not worked with her on her payments the delay in her benefits being reinstated would have caused her serious financial problems. We need to support efforts to make high speed internet available in more rural areas to create more opportunities for people to be able to work from home.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictAC1 - EmploymentJeannine Lee Lake –I would address the disability employment gap by creating programs in the 6th District to not only connect people with disabilities with employment, but to encourage employers to recruit them. Fostering a connection between the future employees and the employers would normalize reaching out to and retaining people with disabilities.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictAC2 - Voting By MailI would support voting by mail if it could be shown that the system being set up is secure.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictAC2 - Voting By MailJeannine Lee Lake – I would support voting by mail because I believe this would overall increase the amount of people who would be able to vote. The right to vote is one that belongs to every citizen, regardless of ability, so any efforts to increase the level of voter turnout would be welcome.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictAC3 - Absentee Ballots Tom Ferkinhoff - Yes - I have done this 2 or 3 times when I was going to be away on vacation. I was able to vote at the Wayne County courthouse with very little hassle.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictAC3 - Absentee Ballots Jeannine Lee Lake – I have used an absentee ballot before. As a busy mother, I was unable to attend my designated polling station on election day, but still wished to exercise my civic duty of voting. I found that the experience was very useful as many people, for a variety of reasons, are unable to physically make it to their designated polling place.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictAC4 - RedistrictingTom Ferkinhoff - This will always be a difficult issue as there is not an agency of government that is not influenced by politics. I think that each party should have the opportunity to submit a proposed map of the districts and then a committee made up of and equal # of representatives from each party should finalize the districts which would require some compromise to get a final product.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictAC4 - RedistrictingJeannine Lee Lake – Yes, I do think that our redistricting process could be much, much better. I would improve it by requiring the lines to be redrawn every five years instead of every ten years, as this would allow there to be greater diversity in the composition of the districts. I would also instill guidelines that would require the lines to be draw in a way that creates more competition between parties as more competition leads to fairer elections because a variety of people would be given a real choice of candidates who more clearly reflect themselves.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC1 - Backlog of Social Security Disability Claims Tom Ferkinhoff - This is something that I have seen throughout my career as a CPA. I doubt that anything will ever be viewed as 'sufficient' but we do need to strive to make improvements and to streamline the process. We also need to work to create a network of jobs that can be done on a flexible basis and programs where people who can do some minimal tasks do not lose their benefits entirely.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC1 - Backlog of Social Security Disability Claims Jeannine Lee Lake – Increasing the number of people working to reduce the backlog should help, but I believe that making the approval process easier would decrease the overall timeline it takes to approve disability benefits.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC2 - Early InterventionThis is not an issue I have studied enough to have a plan. One of my strengths throughout my career has been to evaluate available information and work with others to come up with innovative solutions. This is an issue that if elected I would be more than willing to look at all of the data, the success and failure of what has been tried in the past and the input of people who have experience in this area and then work with my colleagues to come up with a plan/program.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC2 - Early InterventionJeannine Lee Lake – If elected, I would support legislation that would provide higher rates of screening for developmental disabilities under the age of 5 to allow for there to be a greater amount of time for education.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC3 - AccessibilityTom Ferkinhoff - From experiences that I have had I would support this bill unless I heard testimony showing it would cause a hardship for a number of people. I recall years ago we had to spend considerable money during a business remodel installing a special handicap restroom. The one employee we had who was in a wheelchair would not use it as he said a standard stall made it easier for him to use the rails to get out of his wheelchair as he could grab both rails at once. As a 'backoffice' operation we rarely had members of the public come into our office so this was $20k we spent that nobody ever got any use from. Too often broad based legislation takes away a business' ability to meet the needs of their employees' unique needs.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC3 - AccessibilityJeannine Lee Lake – Though this bill provides a more formal avenue for people with disabilities to express their concerns, I would not support this bill as it would undermine the person with disabilities’ ability to take immediate civil action with the business. I believe that the rights of those with disabilities can still be protected without creating an influx of frivolous lawsuits. If there is a legitimate problem with accessibility in a building, the business should do whatever they can to swiftly remedy the situation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC4 - Home and Community-Based Services Tom Ferkinhoff - I would be willing to look at the history of the MFP program and if it was truly effective I would totally support it. I think any time we can get people in more of a private or independent living situation it benefits the person and the community.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC4 - Home and Community-Based Services Jeannine Lee Lake – While home-based and community based programs may be beneficial to some individuals with chronic conditions, many individuals require the care that can only be given at a nursing home, so I would not support extending the Money Follows the Person program.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC5 - ABLE AccountsTom Ferkinhoff - Yes - I do not understand why there has to be any age limit on this program.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC5 - ABLE AccountsJeannine Lee Lake – I would support increasing the age limit because many between the ages of 26 and 46 may have need for these savings accounts later in life due to aging and increased health risk. All should be able to have the opportunity to ease the cost of living well later in life.
Tom Ferkinhoff Libertarian PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC6 - Senior FraudTom Ferkinhoff - This is a huge issue and I have seen people in my community victimized in spite of all of the educational info that is out there. I have seen in my own community a person who was scamming older people return to a public professional practice. Those who engage in such action should be permanently barred from being employed in such positions in the future. There has been an effort in the banking industry to alert employees to suspicious transactions and those efforts need to continue. I do believe that much what can be successful will be a result of business policy rather than law change. Such as banks having a contact for a family member or other responsible person for their elderly clients so they have another person to verify suspicious transactions with.
Jeannine Lee LakeDemocratic PartyUnited States Representative, IN 6th DistrictFC6 - Senior FraudJeannine Lee Lake – I would help protect seniors by partnering with facilities that are already connected with seniors to educate them about these dangers they may face. I believe creating awareness of their vulnerability to financial fraud in that community would significantly reduce the impact.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13AC1 - EmploymentLoretta Barnes – Providing people with disabilities with equal opportunity to support themselves and their families is very important. I would support and expand upon bills such as the Senate Bill 390 by further identifying and removing barriers to employment for those with disabilities. I would work with advocacy groups to explore more options for employment opportunities - both out in the workplace and work from home options. I would listen to people with disabilities, about their challenges, and about their ideas for how the laws need to be changed.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13AC2 - Voting By MailLoretta Barnes – I do support vote by mail. Vote by mail takes away the discrimination that is present for people who can't afford to take off work to get to the polls, and for people who have challenges getting to the polls due to either being transportation dependent due to their disability, or the sheer difficulty of leaving their home and entering a polling facility. Vote by mail has been shown to increase voter turn out and cut down on voter suppression issues.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13AC3 - Absentee Ballots Loretta Barnes – I have not used an absentee ballot, but I think it would be easier if you could automatically get one sent to you, like with Vote by Mail, rather than having to request it.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13AC4 - RedistrictingLoretta Barnes – I live in a district that covers parts of 8 counties, with the furthest being over an hour away. I 100% support redistricting reform by setting up an independent non-partisan commission to determine the district lines. If you benefit from how the lines are set, you shouldn't have a hand in setting the lines, no matter what party you are in.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13IC1 - Adult Protective ServicesLoretta Barnes – Yes I agree with the assessment. I would increase the APS funding to be more comparable with the funds that other states with a similar population invest. Indiana seems to have trouble investing to help our most vulnerable people. I would increase funding, and increase the number of investigators so each investigator has a manageable workload that allows them to be there for the vulnerable adults they are managing when they need them. I would also work with the agency to reduce Indiana's response time to calls to responding within 24 hours.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13IC2 - Civil Rights Loretta Barnes – I would definitely support a hate crime law. Hate crimes are particularly vicious acts that harm not only the person the act was against, but often a whole community of people. A hate crime law would allow judges to issue stiffer sentences so the victims and the community know that our law enforcement agencies will stand up against such horrendous acts of violence.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13IC3 - Medical Marijuana Loretta Barnes –I would support legalizing the sale of cannabidiol and medical marijuana. I don't believe we should outlaw something that has been proven to help people suffering from epileptic seizures, PTSD, severe anxiety and other such ailments. People living with chronic pain deserve to be helped in a way that won't get them addicted to opioids.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13IC4 - MedicaidLoretta Barnes – I would solve this problem by not requiring people on Medicaid to pay premiums for their healthcare. I believe healthcare is a right. I also believe our whole healthcare system needs a major overhaul. People should not have to avoid medical attention because they cant afford to pay the bill. The first thing we should do as a civilized society is care fore the welfare of the people of our community.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13IC5 - Mental HealthLoretta Barnes – I think mental health education is very important. We need to remove the taboo nature of mental health illness. So many people suffer from anxiety, depression and worse, but they aren't given readily available tools to help combat these issues. Instead they feel isolated and like something is wrong with them. Mental health needs to be treated like any other health issue - out in the open and without stigma. I would definitely support a similar bill in the future.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13IC6 - Public TransportationLoretta Barnes – I think money tends to be diverted from rural areas and poorer areas to bigger cities like Indianapolis. Whereas I do think Indianapolis could benefit from a Bus Rapid Transit Project, poorer areas could benefit more from basic things like repairing sidewalks, roads, and bus services. Our much neglected areas of the state deserve to have tax dollars be used for such infrastructure needs. People should have equal access to public transportation, whether they live in Indianapolis or Gary.
Loretta Barnes Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 13IC7 - Home and Community-Based Services Loretta Barnes – I would look at best practices in the states that received a scorecard of top ten, and see what it would take to apply some or all of those practices to Indiana.
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34AC1 - Employment[No response]
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34AC2 - Voting By Mail Sue Errington – Yes. Indiana needs to make voting easier for its citizens. Options like voting by mail would help people who have difficulty getting to the polls. A friend in Oregon has told me how well it works in that state.
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34AC3 - Absentee Ballots Sue Errington – Yes. I have used it for early voting for the past several years and feel it is a valuable alternative to election day voting.
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34AC4 - RedistrictingSue Errington – Yes. Indiana's current redistricting process gives state legislators the power to draw district lines. It often results in gerrymandered maps that favor one party, race, or group over another. In other words, the legislators are picking which voters live in their districts and which don’t—and they are using increasingly sophisticated data and computer software to draw the maps. Instead of voters picking their legislators, legislators are picking their voters. I support redistricting reform with an Independent Redistricting Commission to draw Indiana’s Congressional and state legislative maps through a fair and open process. The goal is compact, sensible districts in which cities and counties, as much as possible, are not split into different districts.
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34IC1 - Adult Protective ServicesSue Errington – I agree with the assessment. We should use the conclusions of the Interim Committee to improve APS and increase funding accordingly in the budget that we will pass in 2019.
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34IC2 - Civil Rights Sue Errington – I support a hate crime law. No Hoosier should be subject to discrimination because of who they are. A hate crimes law would put teeth into that statement by clearly directing judges to consider the role of bias in the commitment of a crime and increase the sentence when the motive is shown to be group hatred. It would also improve our state's image as one that values diversity and welcomes a diverse population.
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34IC3 - Medical Marijuana Sue Errington – Yes.
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34IC4 - MedicaidSue Errington – [No response]
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34IC5 - Mental HealthSue Errington – [No response]
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34IC6 - Public TransportationSue Errington – [No response]
Sue Errington Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 34IC7 - Home and Community-Based Services Sue Errington – [No response]
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18AC1 - EmploymentDee M Moore – There needs to be incentives given to employers to hire those with disabilities in order to encourage them to realize the value of disabled workers. We need better transportation opportunities for disabled persons to get to work. We also need more centers where disabled people congregate and work, where the employer can bring work to the people.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18AC2 - Voting By Mail Dee M Moore – Yes. Many persons have difficulty getting to a polling place for various reasons. We need to make it easy for people to vote. This will encourage voter participation which ensure a democratic representation in government.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18AC3 - Absentee Ballots Dee M Moore - I have not personally used one. I have assisted others use them when serving on the absentee election board several decades ago. We took the opportunity to vote to persons unable to get to the polls. This brought pride of the power of their vote to people. It also was significant because voters used paper ballots which left a sound paper trail to use in counting or recounting the ballot.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18AC4 - RedistrictingDee M Moore - Absolutely. The districts need to be compact districts instead of meandering stretched geographical areas designed to include specific voting groups. Technology exists to redraw the lines in a fair and objective manner.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18IC1 - Adult Protective ServicesDee M Moore - I'm sure it is true. The general assembly always agrees with needs, but just refuses to find funding. It is time for the continual shift to regressive taxes to reverse itself. We cannot keep giving tax cuts to corporations and the very wealthy and believe that somehow adding a myriad of regressive taxes to the bulk of Hoosiers will make up for the huge cut to our IN budget income.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18IC2 - Civil Rights Dee M Moore - Absolutely. We cannot expect our Hoosiers to be vulnerable to hate crimes. Without protection, the mob or mass mentality that searches for power from bullying or worse has a free rein in our state. We want Indiana to be a desirable, safe place to live. We want to be able to attract top quality jobs and residents. Without a hate crime law, we appear to be and are behind the times of embracing diversity.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18IC3 - Medical Marijuana Dee M Moore - Yes. Whenever we have the opportunity to use medical remedies in the most simple form, not only do we help those in need, we hope to reduce side effects and expense. We must keep the medical marijuana accessible and affordable for those in need. I have to believe part of the reason it has not been legalized is due to exorbitant profits made by pharmaceutical companies manufacturing synthetic medications. Add to that the fact that medical marijuana seems to be most effective at treating some diseases. It is cruel to withhold this from those in need.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18IC4 - MedicaidDee M Moore - We need to have Medicaid with it being tied to for profit corporations. Medicaid is intended to be a simple process to help those most in need. That must be our standard.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18IC5 - Mental Health[No response]
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18IC6 - Public TransportationDee M Moore - Not only public transit, but water quality issues vary from Indianapolis to Gary. We must stop the apparent racism and favoring of Republican regions over Democratic areas. Funding must be need based and viewed as a tool to improve and revitalize areas across our state.
Dee M MooreDemocratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 18IC7 - Home and Community-Based Services Dee M Moore - We need to raise our minimum wage. We cannot expect caregivers to work for less than a livable wage. That only serves to send a message that we do not care about the people they serve. Our state is often raising the "Right to life" slogan, but that is really only about pro birth. We need to hold up the "Right to Life" of our elderly and disabled of all ages. Without proper care and incentives to have caregivers seeking these jobs, we will continue to be a state of shame. For we are judged by how we treat those most in need.
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59AC1 - EmploymentClyde Myers – I don't think government has any role in choosing people's careers for them.
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59AC2 - Voting By Mail Yes. You can already vote by mail. A secure, online voter portal would be better, but mail is fine. The key is making sure that one vote per eligible resident.
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59AC3 - Absentee Ballots Clyde Myers – I have not used one personally.
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59AC4 - RedistrictingClyde Myers – I would consider legislation to remap the house districts to one representative per each of Indiana's 92 counties. We could also add 8 at-large seats if we must keep the total at 100.
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59IC1 - Adult Protective ServicesClyde Myers – [No response]
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59IC2 - Civil Rights Clyde Myers – [No response]
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59IC3 - Medical Marijuana Clyde Myers – [No response]
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59IC4 - MedicaidClyde Myers – [No response]
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59IC5 - Mental HealthClyde Myers – [No response]
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59IC6 - Public TransportationClyde Myers – [No response]
Clyde MyersLibertarian PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 59IC7 - Home and Community-Based Services Clyde Myers – [No response]
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4AC1 - EmploymentFrank Szczepanski – Expanding the funding ability of the Governor's Council For People With Disabilities is instrumental in closing the disability employment gap and maximizing the work potential of people with disabilities. Even more, there is a need to significantly address employer perceptions about individuals with disabilities and to use available research and data to inform policy. Vocational Rehabilitation is an essential agency for individuals with disabilities. We need to review and ensure that the agency has the proper funding and resources to close the gap and that the administrative policies used by the agency are conducive to maximizing the work potential of people with disabilities. My personal experience with my stepson when using Voc Rehab has resulted in concern for a lack funding and resources to effectively create the kind of change all advocates for individuals with disabilities would like to see.
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4AC2 - Voting By Mail Frank Szczepanski –Yes, I support voting by mail. Voting by mail increases voter's ability to vote in an election, allowing them the freedom to vote in the comfort of their residence when it fits their schedule and needs. Additionally, it allows voters to have their ballot with them and to research each candidate individually so they can make the most informed voting choice.
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4AC3 - Absentee Ballots Frank Szczepanski – Yes, I have. Once elected to the statehouse, I would author legislation to move to "no excuse absentee ballots" in Indiana. Voters should be able to vote at home without having to provide an excuse to do so. Additionally, I would advocate for a simplified absentee ballot voting process that would allow a voter to register a voter status as an ABS voter, with the ability to change that status in accordance with the voter registration calendar. Voters with an ABS voter status would automatically receive their ballot from the County Election Board, without having to complete the additional and cumbersome step of completing the application. This would also result in time and monetary savings at the County level.
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4AC4 - RedistrictingFrank Szczepanski – Yes, the redistricting process could be better by becoming fair. It is essential for Hoosiers to trust in the election process and to know that their vote matters. But when districts are gerrymandered so that politicians are selecting their voters, there is a breach of trust in our election process. A fair process would establish a nonpartisan redistricting commission with no ties to politicians, PACS, or other political actors that would create and present a recommended redistricting plan to the General Assembly in compliance with the State Constitution.
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4IC1 - Adult Protective ServicesFrank Szczepanski – [No response]
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4IC2 - Civil Rights Frank Szczepanski – Yes, I full support Indiana passing a hate crimes law. Individuals from historically marginalized communities, like individuals with disabilities, face an unconscionably high rate of abuse and discrimination, yet the criminals who commit these crimes have been statistically shown to receive lesser sentencing, less jail time, and more judicial leniency than compared to communities that have not been historically marginalized. This weakness in our criminal and judicial system has not resolved itself through time and the need for clear and unquestioning action by the state legislature to address and resolve this civil rights issue is upon us.
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4IC3 - Medical Marijuana Frank Szczepanski –Yes, I fully support the legalization of a medical cannabis program. I am a STEM professional and CEO/Founder of an innovative biotechnology company that is working to fight cancer, and have been endorsed by the largest pro-science advocacy group in the nation. Just as in my work and life, I will use a data-driven and research-based approach to political decision-making once elected to the statehouse. That means that continuing to ignore the research regarding the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis for individuals with various medical and health conditions isn't an option. We can no longer ignore the mounting body of research which shows that the use of medical cannabis as part of an individual's comprehensive health plan can have a positive and non-addictive outcome on people's lives. I fully support Hoosier legislators passing strong, progressive medical cannabis legislation during the 2019 session.
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4IC4 - MedicaidFrank Szczepanski – The problem with these POWER accounts is that they shouldn't even exist. This is an unnecessary encumbrance that adds a layer of government in between the patient and their provider.
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4IC5 - Mental HealthFrank Szczepanski – [No response]
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4IC6 - Public TransportationFrank Szczepanski – [No response]
Frank Szczepanski Democratic PartyIndiana House of Representatives District 4IC7 - Home and Community-Based Services Frank Szczepanski – [No response]