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Ethics commission outlaws soliciting contributions for PACs

The Kansas Ethics Commission reversed precedent this week, deciding that it would forbid lawmakers from soliciting contributions for political action committees or party committees...

ACLU digging in on politicians’ blocked social media accounts

President Donald Trump's been sued for it. So has the governor of Maryland. And so has the governor of Kentucky. A Florida lawmaker is facing similar litigation. Increasingly,...

Transparency bill requiring recordings criticized as costly, too burdensome

Cities, schools and other local governments came out in droves Monday to oppose legislation that would require public agencies to record any meetings open...

UPDATED: Ethics commission fines Senate president’s comms director

(Updated to reflect more information from Golden's statement to ethics commission) The state Ethics Commission on Wednesday fined the Senate president's communications director for using...

Legislature passes broad transparency measures

The Kansas Senate approved legislation Tuesday that will give the public new access to public documents covering police shootings and fatal child abuse cases. The...

Transparency bill on children’s deaths doesn’t go far enough, media advocate says

A House panel on Tuesday took up a major piece of transparency legislation pushed by Gov. Jeff Colyer's administration that would give the public more...

Expanded lobbying law moves forward in Senate

The Kansas Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a major piece of government transparency legislation despite criticism that it would increase the amount of money...

Wagle-Hensley bill expanding lobbyist law clears committee

A Senate committee on Thursday approved legislation expanding lobbying laws to cover the executive and judicial branches. The legislation, backed by Senate President Susan Wagle and...