Roger Pine discusses campaign issues
Occupation: farmer; state senator
Party affiliation: Republican
1. Should there be a statewide ban on smoking in indoor public places, such as restaurants and bars?
I lost my father as a result of smoking and understand the health risks smoking and secondhand smoke can cause. However, I believe that communities are better suited to decided if they would like a smoking ban in their area.
2. Would you support an increase in the cigarette tax to help pay for health coverage for low-income Kansans?
I would consider some increase as an option to help fund health coverage for low-income Kansans. In the big picture, I don't think increasing the tax will help curb the use of tobacco, because individuals who use the products will go to other states to buy.
3. Where do you think the state budget can be cut?
I think we need to look at the funds available and give the agencies an opportunity to suggest where they think budget cuts can be made to ensure quality programs are not being cut. In addition, we need ensure that the money we spend is being used efficiently to maximize the services provided to taxpayers.
4. Would you support an increase in the age for Kansans to get a driver's license?
I don't think the driving age needs to be significantly increased. I would support some type of graduated driver’s license program and restrictions on the use of electronic devices while driving. Safety needs to be our biggest concern.
5. Should Lawrence be allowed to keep its same-sex registry without interference from the state?
No, I am not supportive of the same-sex registry.
6. Do you support Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' opposition to the two coal-fired plants in western Kansas?
No, I have been a proponent of the two coal-fired plants in western Kansas as a part of a comprehensive energy plan for Kansas. Coal is only one of the many types of energy needed to help make energy more affordable. I strongly support the use of renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydroelectric.