Kansas proposal to tighten lobbying law allows bigger gifts

February 21, 2018 - 5:14 am

A bipartisan legislative proposal for strengthening Kansas lobbying laws also would allow state officials to take more expensive gifts from people seeking to influence them.

The Kansas Senate gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill that would require people seeking to promote contracts or influence actions by executive branch agencies to register as lobbyists and disclose some spending.

The Senate expected to take another, final vote Wednesday to determine whether the bill passes and goes to the House.

Current Kansas law requires lobbyists to report some spending when they seek to influence legislators or work for or against an administrative rule.

But the bill also increases the total value of small gifts that state officials can accept in a year from an individual to $100 from $40.

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