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Bill would set term limits for Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission

February 4, 2013


— A proposal to set term limits on members of the panel that enforces the ethics rules that govern public officials was considered Monday.

House Bill 2095 would prohibit any member of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission from serving more than four years.

Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, and chair of the House Elections Committee, said the change was needed to "make sure that people don't become entrenched."

Conservative Republicans have long complained that the Ethics Commission, which enforces campaign finance, conflict of interest, financial disclosure and lobbying laws, comes down harder on conservatives in its rulings.

But Democrats on the Elections Committee said the more experience a commissioner can gain in interpreting ethics laws the better. "Experience and longevity is a good thing," said Rep. John Alcala, D-Topeka.

Members of the nine-member commission are appointed to two-year terms. The appointments are made by the governor, attorney general, secretary of state, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and legislative leaders. No more than five members can be from the same political party.

Of the current commission, seven have served for less than four years.

Another bill considered by the Elections Committee was House Bill 2112, which would allow a candidate for state or local office to transfer leftover campaign funds for a subsequent campaign. A Kansas Supreme Court ruling has prevented this transfer.


Hooligan_016 5 years, 4 months ago

Oh won't someone do something about conservative oppression in the state of Kansas ...

/clutches pearls //not a woman ///slashies for fanciful style!

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

How bout term limits on the "entrenched" lawmakers?

Brian Hall 5 years, 4 months ago

So in other words it would be nearly impossible to catch anyone because just when someone starting researching a pattern of non-ethical behavior, their term would be over. APPROVED!!

Also, did they just admit that they want to change the rule because the commission comes down too hard on conservatives? Instead of changing the laws, maybe you should wonder why the commission comes down too hard on you.

Greg Cooper 5 years, 4 months ago

I need this bill so we can get rid of unions; I need this bill so we can get rid of those pesky ethics issues; I need this bill so I can become the Ruler of All Kansas, the Emperor of Corporate Greed.

What, you say? A Constitution? Balderdash, we'll simply ignore it by executive order, then amend it out of existence.

Oh, you think we won't? Then you have paid no attention and deserve what you get.


Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 4 months ago

This is what Revolts are Made of. Don't believe me? Check out History.It tends to repeat itself every so often.History is not Kind to Tyrants. The writing is on the wall. A Storm Is Coming. Brownback and Co.,Are you SURE you wanna go down this road? Do you Know a dead End when you see one? Guess not.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 4 months ago

Only if there are term limits for ALL elected positions of no more than four years.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

Posters calling for term limits might want to look how that's worked out in other places. From what I've seen, you'll be trading one set of problems for another set of problems.

Liberty275 5 years, 4 months ago

You are right about elections being term limits, but it really isn't fair to second-guess the electorate. That isn't very democratic.

Lynn Grant 5 years, 4 months ago

Another solution for a problem that doesn't exist from the right wingers. There is a reason that conservatives are hit harder by the Ethics Commission, they are the ones who believe they are above the rules.

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