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Q&A with state Rep. Kim Ransom

Continued bipartisanship is hope of lawmaker

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Republican state Rep. Kim Ransom serves House District 44, which includes Parker, Lone Tree and the Stonegate, Meridian and Acres Green areas. She has been involved in politics since 1984, and active in the Douglas County GOP since 1990. Ransom also served on the Douglas County Planning Commission.

She serves on the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee, the House Local Government Committee and the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. For the last 28 years, Kim has lived in Douglas County, where she raised four children.

What is the most important issue for the Legislature to tackle this session, and what needs to be done?

The state budget continues to be the single most important bill addressed during the legislative session each year.  Even as the total budget increases, there is still a shortfall in several important areas, especially in transportation. 

Describe two pieces of legislation that you plan to sponsor?

While my bills are still in the drafting stage, one will help county clerks by adjusting election dates, while another will repeal an obsolete state program.  Stay tuned for additional details!

For this session to be deemed a success, what must happen?

Legislators work together in a bipartisan way, as colleagues, and these efforts must continue.  Even with a split legislature, in 2017 over 60 percent of the bills that were introduced were passed and signed into law. Going forward, we need to continue to work together and find common ground to maintain these successful stats.  As mentioned, passing a balanced budget is both statutorily required and a challenge. Proper allocation between governmental areas and departments can and must be done with our existing resources.

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