The Kansas Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a major piece of government transparency legislation despite criticism that it would increase the amount of money legislators could accept in gifts.
Senators advanced the bill, which requires anyone lobbying the judicial and executive branches to register as a lobbyist and report their expenses. Anyone lobbying the Legislature already must register and report expenditures.
The bill marked a rare show of unity between Republican Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka. The lawmakers joined together to sponsor the legislation.
“Often these bills do degenerate into partisan . . .