Kansas House deals secretary of state defeat


The Kansas House dealt Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office a defeat Thursday  when it approved a bill giving the state’s four largest counties control over the purse strings of election commissioners.

The House voted 77-40 to approve the bill, which would give Johnson, Shawnee, Wyandotte and Sedgwick counties control over their own budget and personnel policies. The bill now moves to final action, likely on Thursday.

Supporters of the bill argued it would give more control back to the counties that fund the election commissioner’s budget. They argued that counties had no fiscal check on . . .


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