Governor signs bill to make lobbying more transparent in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new bill signed by the governor Monday is expanding the definition of lobbying to include both the Executive and Judicial branches of the Kansas government.

Governor Jeff Colyer, along with Senate President Susan Wagle and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, helped write the bipartisan bill. The bill means that lobbyists must now report and register while working with the Executive and Judicial Branch, something they didn't have to do before.

"Shortly after I came in as governor, we've been working on a number of transparency issues which are important to me," Governor Colyer said, "but Senator Wagle and Senator Hensley have been leaders on transparency and how to get more information to every Kansan."

The Legislative Branch was already included in a lobbying bill.