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Kansas scores relatively high in the State Integrity Index, but its oversight of lobbyists, the insurance industry, and the state pension fund could be improved.  Read more from SII State Reporter Peter Hancock.

Latest state news for Kansas

State Integrity news for Kansas from SII partner KCUR:

A Kansas district attorney concludes that a series of meetings of key members of the legislature called by Governor Sam Brownback broke the state's open meetings law.  But there will be no charges and no fines and the investigation left a number of questions about the unannounced meetings and the open records law itself.

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State Integrity news for Missouri and Kansas from SII partner KCUR:

In Missouri -- one of only four states without campaign contribution limits -- single donors have made contributions this year as large as $750,000.

Meanwhile, across the border in Kansas, the state does have contribution limits, but national groups like Americans for Prosperity are for the first time getting involved in primary races for Kansas Legislature seats.

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State integrity news for Kansas and Missouri, from KCUR:

Open records are not fully “open” anywhere in Missouri, but ironically the National Freedom of Information Coalition is headquartered in the state. Ken Bunting, executive director for that organization cites a recent nationwide study by the Center for Public Integrity that gives Missouri a C- for overall opennes and accountability and an F for access to public information.

Doug Anstaett of the Kansas Press Association says records in that state are also far from open.

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State integrity news for Kansas, from Kansas Watchdog:

The 2000 Kansas Legislature approved the restoration of the Kansas State Capitol with a price tag of $90 million to $120 million and an eight-year timetable. It’s still several years from completion, and the price tag has risen to $320 million.

In an age when just about everything is on the Internet, the contracts for the Capitol’s restoration are not. The mammoth document isn’t even available in an electronic format, such as a text or PDF file, said Shelley King, an attorney at the Kansas Department of Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel.

Read the rest of the story at Kansas Watchdog.

State integrity news for Kansas, from the Wichita Eagle:

Kansans deserve better than this. That’s why, while they’re on the subject, lawmakers should act now to put a better system before voters on the November ballot.

The Kansas Senate GOP leadership is reviving the proposed reform, which would essentially fire the legislative mapmakers for dereliction of duty and turn the process over to a five-member bipartisan redistricting commission. The Legislature still would approve the commission’s maps, but only with up-or-down votes.

Read the rest of the story at the Wichita Eagle.

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