LIST OF ISSUES
Blake has stood firm for your Second Amendment rights while serving in Topeka. Every law abiding citizen has the right to purchase, carry and own a firearm. There are four important words in the Second Amendment: "Shall not be infringed."
Blake has been endorsed by the NRA (National Rifle Association) and given an A+ Rating! Blake was one out of only a handful of legislators to receive the A+ rating this year.
The A+ grade means:
A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.
During the 2019 session, Blake introduced HB2326. Presently, Kansas has an issue with some of our reciprocity agreements with other states regarding our conceal carry licenses. This bill will fix those reciprocity issues and while this bill was being carried on the House floor an amendment was added to it. The amendment will allow 18, 19, and 20 year old's to receive training and obtain their conceal carry permits. Currently, Kansas law allows 18, 19, and 20 year old's to open carry, but not conceal carry. HB2326 passed the House with a vote of 83-41 and is waiting to be worked in the Senate.
Blake believes life is precious and will defend the vulnerable with action, not just words. Every life is created for a purpose and as such, Kansas should be known not just as a state that protects life, but one that actively promotes a culture of life.
Blake supports the Value Them Both constitutional amendment that is currently being proposed in the legislature for the 2020 session. Blake has been endorsed by Kansans for life.
During the 2016 legislative session, Blake co-sponsored transparency legislation. People could only listen to floor debates live, but not committee hearings. For the first time in 2017, legislative committee hearings began live streaming over the internet.
All of our children deserve a quality education. Kansas invests half of the state general fund each year in our schools, so they have the ability to provide a quality education to Kansas students. At the same time, it is irresponsible to merely focus on funding levels without any discussion of how funds are spent or student outcomes are achieved. Blake's goal in Topeka will be to ensure more of those education dollars are spent in the classroom – reducing waste and improving results for our children. Blake knows we must re-establish the control of our school system at the local level – with parents, teachers, and administrators working together to provide the best solutions for our communities. Kansas is too diverse to implement a one-size-fits-all approach, and the solution is to put the control back into the hands of parents and local school boards. During Blake's tenure in office, a majority of the debate in the state house has been over K-12 education. Blake is committed to finding solutions to this challenging issue that arises every year in the legislature.
During the 2019 session, Blake helped amend SB129 into SB130 during an elections committee meeting. SB129 allows for Sedgwick County residents to vote at any polling place on Election Day. Under the old system in Sedgwick County you could vote at remote polling stations for the two weeks leading up to Election Day, but on Election Day you have to report to a specific precinct to cast your vote. The old method of having to vote at specific places on Election Day was producing approximately 1,600 provisional ballots. Allowing Sedgwick County residents to vote at any polling place on election day will cut down on provisional ballots. The system also has security measures to prevent double voting. SB130 was passed and signed into law on April 15, 2019. Currently, the rules and regulations of this bill are being worked on and the legislation is not set to go into effect until early 2021.