Topeka Secretary of State Kris Kobach won’t be getting a $10,000 honorarium for delivering the Kansas University School of Business Vickers Lecture.
The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission decided Wednesday that Kobach could not receive the money.
Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker had requested an advisory opinion from the commission asking whether Kobach could accept the money for his lecture on immigration issues.
The commission said no, citing a law that no state officer or employee shall accept an honorarium for a speaking engagement. Exceptions have been made when a state officeholder speaks on an issue unrelated to his or her job, but several of the commissioners said Kobach has made immigration policy part of his job.
Kobach, an attorney who was elected secretary of state in November, has been pushing for immigration reform in Kansas and many states across the country. He played a role in drafting the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law that has attracted national attention.
The J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Memorial Lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 12 at the Lied Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Kobach is scheduled to deliver a lecture on “State and Local Laws Discouraging Illegal Immigration: Their Economic and Security Impact.”
His office did not return a phone call seeking comment on the Ethics Commission decision.