Editor, Times-Union:
I would like to take the time to fairly account for my votes.   You deserve to know the truthful information not just a distorted view, which has been written about in letters to the editor by opponents.
Common Core: When Common Core was first presented it passed the house and senate overwhelming. The rumblings began to surface about dissatisfaction with Common Core standards when it began to receive national attention and legislators began to get nervous. Legislation was introduced to pause Common Core. Not having been contacted by anyone except a parent and a grandparent I felt I needed more information. I called our three superintendents, talked to principals and teachers and all asked that I support to continue with it because it was the right thing to do for our kids. This past session our governor in his state of the state established a committee to come up with new standards for Indiana and its students. I supported my governor in his decision to stop Common Core. My goal is and always will be to do what is best to assure a quality education that will prepare students for success in the future.
HR6: Our current law states that marriage is between one man and one woman and I fully support our law. This is not a question of defining marriage, it is about redefining our constitution. It is very easy to want to change the constitution when Republicans are in the supermajority. We forget that it wasn’t that long ago that we had been in the minority for years. Let’s put the shoe on the other foot and say the Democrats are in power and they want to put abortion in the constitution. We would be up in arms and we wouldn’t be able to do a thing about it because we opened the door. Once that door is open you can’t control what comes in. The constitution protects us from supermajorities and social issues. Legislators change, issues change, the constitution should not.
Childcare: This bill has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with keeping our children safe. Over 20 children have died in daycare centers over the years. Bill 1036 simply states that if you take federal and state tax dollars there are minimum standards that have to be met. Our governor, upon signing this bill, said we have no greater obligation than keeping our little ones safe and if you take tax dollars you should meet basic standards. Page 2 of bill 1036 specifically states that religious instruction and activity cannot be addressed. The bottom line is if you don’t want government in your daycares, don’t take government money. I would like to clarify that tax dollars don’t go to the parent as has been stated, it goes to the daycare center.   To say that this is about regulating snacks and naps as my opponent has stated ignores the reality that children have died, too many of these facilities are filthy and unsafe.
Second Amendment: I am a member of the NRA and have an A- rating and have supported every pro-gun legislation since elected in 2010, including SB229. There was an amendment introduced to exempt schools. I felt that schools had the right to prohibit guns from school property and honor the policy they had in place in order to keep our students safe. To me that just made common sense.
Rebecca Kubacki, State Representative Dist. 22
Syracuse, via email