Secretary of State Kris Kobach is having a tough time finding support for a plan that would allow the governor to distribute 12 big-game hunting permits at his discretion.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Kobach testified in support of the legislation this past week during a hearing before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
But committee chairman Larry Powell, a Garden City Republican, said there isn’t much support for the legislation outside of Kobach’s office.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism currently distributes one big-game permit per year to each of its seven commissioners. The permits allow for one whitetail or mule deer, with or without antlers, statewide in any season. The commissioners generally give them to conservation groups, such as Pheasants Forever, which auction them off to support their missions.