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Archive for Monday, April 16, 2012

Kobach: 2 million business records now accessible online

April 16, 2012, 10:29 a.m. Updated April 16, 2012, 3:40 p.m.

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— Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Monday he had completed work on two projects aimed at improving access to state records, keeping his office efficient and promoting knowledge of democracy in Kansas.

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Kobach said that more than 2 million records are now available online for review by the public, attorneys, businesses and the media. He said the process to improve access was started under his predecessor Ron Thornburgh, a fellow Republican.

"It's hard to overstate what a big deal this is," Kobach said. "This has been a long time coming."

Kobach said the secretary of state's office receives an average of 454 required business documents each day.

Previously, the only ways to view documents was to request a copy to be mailed or to go to the secretary of state's office in Topeka and obtain copies in person. Limited amounts of information were available online other than the business name and if it was in good standing with the state.

Businesses based in Kansas must file annual reports with the secretary of state's office. Companies and nonprofit groups also must file their articles of incorporation and register an agent with the office.

Many lending transactions also require creditors to file a statement with the secretary of state, who then maintains a database of the personal property used to back loans.

The online system was developed using existing secretary of state staff during regular business hours, Kobach said.

Kobach also created an online portal for civics education geared to public and home-schooled students.

During his 2010 campaign, Kobach said he was troubled by the lack of knowledge that most Kansans had about state government and democracy in general. He directed his staff to develop a site that gives an overview of how Kansas became a state, what a constitution is, the three branches of government and their functions and information about the counties.

It also has a downloadable quiz that teachers can give to students.

"I think it's important to give material that's immediately useful," said Kobach, a former constitutional law professor.

Comments

James Nelson 2 years, 8 months ago

The only records I want to see on-line are Kobach's personal expense records since he took office. He would simply have to lie in an effort to show official business taking place at all the locations he has been. I am angry with having to pay his expenses to all these places.

kansanjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

nasty, nasty, nasty,...can't you give this man a break and accept that he is trying to do a good job serving the people of Kansas? He even gave credit to his predecessor in the office, it is offensive when liberals cannot see the good just because they are blinded by their philosophy and worldview. Hopefully if Obama or liberals do some good things we conservatives can give them credit when credit is due...here Mr. Kobach clearly deserves support from all Kansans!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 8 months ago

I guess he has to make an occasional show at the office.

kansanjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Give him a break...i'm glad he is doing this for Kansas!

James Nelson 2 years, 8 months ago

Most of the time when I have contacted the Secretary of State's office to find out who is behind a business you only get the name of some lawyer, anyway. It's amazing how many people behind startups don't want anyone to know about it. Real proud, stand up people!!! So the posted info won't do much good. But, hey, it might work for a few people. Good for Kobach. Now, about those travel expense records of his.

Carol Bowen 2 years, 8 months ago

Other state's attorney generals are working on: Price-fixing ebooks National mortgage settlements Predatory lending Ratio of administration to services in insurance companies . . . Do you think we could expect more from Kobach?

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