Committee approves bill stripping secretary of state’s prosecution powers


A Kanas House panel on Wednesday moved a bill that would repeal the secretary of stateโ€™s unique authority to prosecute voter fraud.

Backed by Secretary of State Scott Schwab and Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the legislation would leave the prosecution authorityย with the attorney general as well as county and district attorneys. The legislation, approved by the House corrections committee, now goes to the full House for approval.

Prosecution authority was one of the signature - and controversial - accomplishments of former Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who engendered national controversy in his effort to crack down on voter fraud . . .


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