HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VALUE THEM BOTH STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR LIFE

HOW DID YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR VOTE ON THE VALUE THEM BOTH STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT?

WHAT IS VALUE THEM BOTH?

“Value Them Both” (VTB) is the name of the proposed state constitutional amendment for life In Kansas. During the last legislative session it was the single-most important piece of legislation to be considered by lawmakers. Because it did not pass, it will be the legislative priority for the Kansas Catholic Bishops again this coming session.

Passing Value Them Both is a two-step process that begins in the Legislature. Each chamber—the Senate and the House—must first pass identical language of the amendment by “supermajority” margins. If and when that happens, the amendment is placed on the ballot for a vote of all registered voters in Kansas at a designated time—either in a special election, a primary election or a general election. The amendment becomes part of the Kansas Constitution if it passes a vote of the people by a simple majority.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF VALUE THEM BOTH?

The Value Them Both Amendment is still NOT part of the Kansas State Constitution. VTB failed by four votes in the Kansas House after receiving the needed votes in the Kansas Senate. VTB will be brought up again during the 2021 Legislative Session. Will it pass? That depends on the November 2020 election and how many “YES vote” legislators will be elected. No matter what happens on November 3, we encourage you to email or call your State Legislator and strongly encourage them to vote YES and pass Value Them Both.

HOW DID MY LEGISLATOR VOTE ON VALUE THEM BOTH?

The voting record of each Kansas State Legislator on the Value Them Both amendment is listed below. VTB passed the Senate by a 28-12 margin, 27 votes were needed. Every Republican in the State Senate voted YES, with the exception of State Senator John Skubal, who was defeated in the August 2020 primary. Every Democrat in the Senate voted NO.

VTB fell four votes short in the House of the 84 votes needed. Every Republican voted YES except four Representatives: Hineman, Pannbacker, Kessinger and Phillips. These four Representatives will no longer be members of the House after this year; they either decided not to run for re-election or were defeated in the August 2020 primary.

Tim Hodge
(D-Newton)
Phone: 785.296.2361
Tim.Hodge@house.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Jan Kessinger
(R-Overland Park)
Phone: 785.296.7436
Jan.Kessinger@house.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Barbara Bollier
(D-Mission Hills)
Phone: 785.296.7390
Barbara.Bollier@senate.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Jeff Pittman
(D-Leavenworth)
Phone: 785.296.7522
Jeff.Pittman@house.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

John Skuball
(R-Overland Park)
Phone: 785.296.7301
John.Skubal@senate.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Tom Burroughs
(D-Kansas City)
Phone: 785.296.8153
Tom.Burroughs@house.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Pat Pettey
(D-Kansas City)
Phone: 785.296.7375
Pat.Pettey@senate.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

The Full List

For a complete list noting how legislators voted on the Value Them Both Amendment, click these links:

WHERE DO CHALLENGERS TO INCUMBENTS FOR ELECTION STAND ON VTB?

While we know how incumbents voted this past session (see above) the Kansas Catholic Conference does not track the positions of specific candidates. We suggest you ask the candidate directly—they want to hear from you!

WHAT’S NEXT FOR VALUE THEM BOTH?

No matter what happens, Value Them Both will be brought before the State Legislature in the coming 2021 session. Ideally, there would be at least 27 committed YES votes in the Senate and 84 committed YES votes in the House after the November 2020 election results are in.

Please PRAY for our legislators. Join the Kansas Rosary Crusade at www.KansasRosaryCrusade.org