Topeka An influential Kansas House member is pursuing a proposal on illegal immigration similar to the law enacted in Arizona last year.
Kansas House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lance Kinzer told The Associated Press on Wednesday he's drafting an immigration bill.
The Olathe Republican says it will include a provision directing law enforcement officers to check the status of people they stop legally, if they have a reasonable suspicion the individuals are in the country illegally.
He expects another House committee to agree Thursday to sponsor it.
Kinzer said he and other lawmakers are working with Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a law professor on leave known nationally for helping draft the law in Arizona.